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Everything You Need to Know to Unlock the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Patch

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

Embarking on outdoor adventures has always been a part of Girl Scouts’ DNA. Many of the badges the first Girl Scouts earned were tied to learning and refining outdoor skills and becoming environmental stewards (Foot Traveler badge, Animal Kingdom badge), and that hasn’t changed in our more than 100-year history.

As Girl Scouts we’ve found new ways to connect with the great outdoors and one another. We’ve spent time in our backyards, earned outdoor art badges, and even taken virtual national park tours!

Now, with warmer weather and longer days, we’re ready to take our love of the outdoors to the next level. So pack some snacks, lace up your shoes, and head outside to unlock the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors patch! You’ll enjoy nature, channel your creativity, and learn fun new things.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Download the worksheet. Visit Girl Scouts at Home and download the official Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge worksheet. Review the list of activities and mark the ones you’re interested in.
  2. Don’t rush. The Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge kicked off May 21 and ends with Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, September 11–12, 2021. This means you have plenty of time to select the activities you’re most interested in and complete them at your own pace.
  3. Share! Use #gsoutdoors to share your story and to see how other girls are completing this fun outdoor challenge. Don’t forget to tag @girlscouts for a chance to be featured on GSUSA’s social media channels.
  4. Nominate someone. This challenge is a great way to connect with your fellow Girl Scout sisters and invite your non-Girl Scout besties to join in the fun! Nominate someone to take the challenge with you.
  5. Be prepared. As Girl Scouts, we know the importance of being prepared! If you’re venturing to a local park or hiking trail, first make sure they’re open. Pack sunscreen, bug repellant, GORP, protective gear (sunglasses, hat), and water!
  6. Get your patch. Remember, you don’t have to do all 50 suggested activities to earn your snazzy new patch! Complete the required number of activities based on your grade level.

Getting outdoors isn’t just fun—it’s good for your overall well-being. Did you know that girls who participate in outdoor activities on a monthly basis are stronger challenge-seekers and problem-solvers than those who don’t? So don’t wait: get out and unlock your Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors patch. Tag @gscolo and @girlscouts on Twitter and Instagram and include #gsOutdoors and #GSColo to share your adventures with us.

Hydro Flask is generously supporting the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge with the goal of getting more girls outside this summer and helping build future outdoor leaders.

Outdoor Skills Patch Webinar

Thank you to all who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado for the Outdoor Skills Patch webinar! The recording is now available on the GSCO YouTube channel.

Thank you to the Reach for the Peak team for joining us to talk about their program as a great way to apply the skills learned through this patch program! Reach for the Peak is a competition-based program for Cadettes – Ambassadors and is hosted at Sky High Ranch every summer. Train as a troop to compete against other troops across the state in skills like knot tying, fire building, first aid, and more! For more information about Reach for the Peak, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Reach-for-the-Peak-246932074239/

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Troop Excellence patch

Have you earned your Troop Excellence patch?

Though this year has been tough, your Girl Scouts have continued to stay engaged with badges, virtual events, product programs, community service, and so much more. Has your troop completed all of the steps in a foundational Girl Scout year?

  • Welcome families to Girl Scouts
  • Show girls they belong to a big sisterhood
  • Guide girls to develop as leaders
  • Empower girls to take action in their communities
  • Support girls to build skills through badges
  • Expand girls’ view of the world
  • Celebrate with ceremonies and traditions
  • Use a girl-led approach
  • Encourage girls to earn and learn through a Girl Scout product program
  • Inspire girls to continue to grow through Girl Scouts

If so, complete the Troop Excellence form and receive a FREE patch for every Girl Scout! Please limit requests for the girls in your troop. This patch is only available to Girl Scouts of Colorado members.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Announcing . .  Cookie Box Innovation Challenge, sponsored by Arrow

Create. Innovate. Make the world a better place.

Making the world a better place starts with innovation. Arrow is challenging Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to design a prototype that addresses a problem in our community and beyond by using Girl Scout Cookie packages and other recycled materials for the Cookie Box Innovation Challenge.

  • Connect with experts in innovation at Arrow Electronics
  • Let your imaginations run wild with possibilities
  • Put your cookie boxes to good use
  • Earn your Cookie Box Innovation Challenge patch!
  • Compete to win exciting prizes
  • Younger girls can save their boxes too! You can partner with an older girl troop in your area to collect recycled materials for their innovations.

Watch for a virtual kickoff in May, final designs will be submitted and judged at an Arrow Innovation Fair in October.

Fill out the online interest form and we will send you more details when they are announced.

Questions? Email girlexperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Zombie Survival Challenge Patch

We’ve been DYING to share our modified version of the Zombie Survival Challenge Patch program that was originally created by our Girl Scout sisters in Western Washington. While we wish we could be completing this patch together at one of our fun events, completing it on your own is still fun.

Natural disasters can be scary, but should not be feared if you are prepared! In this patch program, ghouls… we mean GIRLS… will complete activities to prepare themselves and their family if a natural disaster struck. This patch program is for all ages, including adults! And, as your girl(s) grow and advance, they can take on a new Zombie challenge for their new age level.

The first step of this challenge begins with girls identifying the types of disasters that are pertinent to their community. Girls will then work through the tools to help their Zombie (and their family) survive. These tools include:

  • Water
  • Light and Heat
  • First-Aid
  • Pets
  • Cooking
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Communications
  • Mutual Aid

As you work through this patch program, you will explore different tools that your Zombie needs to have to survive. Depending on your program level, you will need to complete a different number of requirements.

Download the patch guide here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/gsco_zombie_survival_challenge.pdf

Did you already complete the requirements? You can purchase the patch through Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s Shop.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

“Meet an Expert” Patch Now Available

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to launch a new patch for the “Meet an Expert” webinar series! You can purchase your patch through the GSCO shop online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

“Meet an Expert” webinars are opportunities for Girl Scouts of all ages to meet professional women in different career paths. Many webinars connect directly with an official Girl Scout badge. Each webinar starts with an introduction to our “co-host” followed by a different lesson or activity and a moderated question and answer session. In 2020, Girl Scouts have had the opportunity to meet a musician, meteorologist, designer for The North Face, judge, engineer, and so many more.

View and sign up for upcoming “Meet an Expert” sessions on the GSCO events calendar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=meet+an+expert

Listen to past “Meet an Expert” webinars on the GSCO YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcfGCk7aMlu9zGoGXGbU234riSUKNIm8g

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts Get Outdoors Challenge

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

How are you spending your fall?

Sage from Pagosa Springs is taking on the Girl Scouts Get Outdoors Challenge. Sage has visited a Colorado state park, helped harvest corn from the garden, learned about and explored the fall leaf colors, and visited a national wildlife refuge. Sage said, “it’s a really fun way to stay connected to Girl Scouts and get outdoors”.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Earning the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch

Submitted by Emma

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Hello. My name is Emma, and I am a Girl Scout Junior from Troop 65430. I worked on the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch with my family. Although we talk about diversity and inclusivity a lot at home, I learned a lot about unconscious biases that we all have, and how it can negatively impact all aspects of life from our relationships to what we read in books.

To me, the big picture is that we are all different. Whether people look different than us or they have different beliefs, everyone deserves respect. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what you like, in the end it comes down to how you act and how you treat people. Every single person has something extraordinary to offer, and we should celebrate our differences and not let our differences divide us.

By earning this patch, I have learned so much. I have discovered that everyone is special in their own way, and everyone should have an opportunity to be seen and heard.

This has been a truly meaningful experience.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to unveil ways for everyone, not just girls or Girl Scouts, to develop an appreciation for the rich diversity of various cultures in their community and around the world. Learn more.

Girl Scouts of Colorado Unveils New Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is proud to unveil ways for everyone, not just girls or Girl Scouts, to develop an appreciation for the rich diversity of various cultures in their community and around the world.

GSCO is partnering with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Mountain College, Denver Public Schools, and Denver7 on a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion patch program, adapted from a program developed by our Girl Scout sisters in Minneapolis. The program is designed to help participants start the conversation about race and racism by learning to appreciate diversity and honor and celebrate differences. Grant funding will provide FREE patches to the first 750 Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members who complete all activity and reporting requirements. Use this online form* to request your patch.

In addition, “Conversation Starters: Let’s Talk Differences” virtual roundtables on July 30 and August 13 will give families the tools they need to begin talking about issues related to race and racism. Both parents and children will deepen their understanding and respect for people who may be different from them and learn how to better relate to others. RSVP now for the Conversation Starters and submit your questions for our experts.

* Please note – Free patches are for current Colorado Girl Scouts only who have fully completed the patch program. The form must be completed once for each individual Girl Scout. Non-Girl Scouts can fill out this online form to let us know they have completed the program, receive their digital patch, and/or order a physical patch.

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.


Girl Scouts of Colorado Presenta Nueva Programación de Diversidad, Equidad, e Inclusión

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) está muy orgulloso en presentar maneras para que todos, no solamente las niñas o Girl Scouts, podamos desarrollar una apreciación para la diversidad de las varias culturas en sus comunidades y alrededor del mundo.

GSCO se está asociando con el Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Mountain College, Denver Public Schools, y Denver7 en nuestro nuevo programa de parches de Diversidad, Equidad, e Inclusión, que fue adaptado de un programa desarrollado por nuestras hermanas Girl Scouts de Minneapolis. El programa es diseñado para ayudar a los participantes a empezar la conversación sobre la raza y el racismo al aprender como apreciar la diversidad y honrar y celebrar las diferencias. El uso de subvenciones ayudara a proveer los parches GRATIS a las primeras 750 niñas miembros de Girl Scouts of Colorado que completan todas las actividades y entregan los requisitos. Use esta forma en línea* para pedir su parche.

además, tendremos mesas de discusión virtuales llamadas “Conversation Starter: Let’s Talk DIfferences” el 30 de julio y el 13 de agosto que darán a familias las herramientas que necesitan para empezar a platicar de los temas relacionados con la raza y el racismo. Tanto los padres como a los hijos profundizaran su entendimiento y el respeto hacia la gente que es diferente de ellos y aprenderán como relacionarse mejor a otros. De su RSVP ahora para esas platicas “Conversation Starters” y entregue sus preguntas a nuestros expertos.

* Por favor tome note – Los parches gratis solamente son para las niñas con membrecía en Girl Scouts de Colorado que han completado este programa de parches. La forma se tiene que completar una vez para cada Girl Scout individual. Los que no son Girl Scouts pueden llenar esta forma en línea para dejarnos saber que han completado este programa, recibir su parche digital, y/o ordenar un parche físico.

¿Preguntas? Mande un correo electrónico a inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Earning the Healthy at Home Patch

GSCO Media Star Maddie in Grand Junction earned the Healthy at Home patch! She made this video to tell you how she did it.

Healthy at Home Transcript

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.