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Welcome to the Outdoor Journey website!

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About us: We are a group of Member-Volunteers who want to see more official Outdoor Program in Girl Scouting. We would like to see a new Outdoor Journey added for all levels, leading to the highest awards, and also more Outdoor Badges to go with it.

When the official Program for Girl Scouting today, the Journeys, were written, a lot of Outdoor Program was left out. We want to put it back in.

Camping and Outdoor Program needs to be a BIG part of Girl Scouting's official program. Why? It's the very cornerstone of the Movement, and is so healthy and good for the girls.

Juliette Low, our Founder, believed in Outdoor Program. We do, too!

Here is GSUSA's study SRI: More Than S'Mores Outdoor Experiences. It shows that girls DO love to go camping and be outdoors.

BIG NEWS! The Outdoor Journey discussion went GREAT at the 2014 National Council Session just held in Salt Lake City.

The Girl Scout girls spoke out for more outdoor program! And GSUSA heard them.

There is now a HUGE demand for more official Outdoor Program in Girl Scouting from the Girl Scout girls of all ages, and the word is spreading across the country and overseas too.

Fellow Girl Scouts and Friends of Girl Scouting, The time to Take Action is NOW.

IMPORTANT! YOU can help us achieve an Outdoor Journey for Girl Scouting! Here's how:

#1. Join the Outdoor Journey Facebook group and join in the many discussions and plans. It's a clearinghouse now for events, ideas, badge topics, and lots more. We would LOVE to have you there too.

#2. Write or email your council Board and CEO - let them know that you want an Outdoor Journey, complete with badges, for ALL levels, and leading to the highest awards.

#3. Get the word out to all your Girl Scout friends! Have them join the Facebook group, and also contact their council Board and CEO, and our National GSUSA Board and CEO.

Let's all Take Action - and make a difference. Let's get an OUTDOOR JOURNEY added to the other Journeys - plus more outdoor badges! - - leading to Bronze, Silver, and Gold - - for all the Girl Scout girls and troops to enjoy.

Here are more ways you can help.

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Blog about the Outdoor Journey Project!

Invite all your Girl Scout friends to the Facebook page.

Write and/or email your council CEO and Board Members and Council Staff - - plus National leaders - GSUSA Board members and our CEO - - letting them know that you support the Outdoor Journey Project, and why.

Tweet about it and post on Instagram.

Share your opinions and ideas on the Facebook page.

Invite your Girl Scout mailing list to see this website and the Facebook page too.

Take as many Outdoor Trainings in your Council as you can. Learn the in's and out's and the whys and wherefores of Outdoor Training.

Become a delegate or an alternate to the 2017 National Council Session. Find out the deadline, and apply before that. Or go as a Visitor.

Attend your Service Unit Meetings and speak up for Outdoor Programs and the Outdoor Journey there. Let your fellow Girl Scout Member-Volunteers know how you feel about it. Email them too.

Take Leader or Volunteer training so you can offer Outside activities for troops like Hiking, Letterboxing, Camping Geocaching, Teams Course, High Ropes, and more.

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Come up with another Outdoor Journey Example for Betsy to post at the site, or on the Facebook page for other troops to use, change, or share.

Get trained and offer Outdoor Trainings to other leaders and volunteers.

Talk about the importance of Outdoor Program on a blog or website.

Have a Beautification Day at a camp.

Teach enrichment classes like Songs, Games, Outdoor Cooking, Sailing, Canoeing, Crafts, etc. that can be used at camp.

Find out who offers Outdoor classes and make a list of them. Put this list on a blog or website.

Apply to be a Delegate or Alternate to your councils Annual Meeting. Learn about governance in your council.

Tell them you and your girls want more official Outdoor Program.

Blog and tweet about your Take Action projects and this Project too.

Help teach the current Skill-Building badges at troop meetings.

Learn about the Girl Scout camps in your area.

Get out of your comfort zone, and participate in a Training Weekend or event for volunteers.

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Go to your Annual Meeting and talk up Outdoor Program and the Outdoor Journey Project.

Become an Annual Meeting delegate for your Council.

Advertise for Girl Scouting and for Adventuring in neighborhood teen spaces.

Document the outdoor activities in your Council. See what other Councils offer.

Make a map or brochure for your local camp to increase interest.

Recruit Girl Scouts and leaders for an Adventurers Group that offers adventure-based programming for middle school and high school students.

Find out more about current Girl Scout Program. See how it can be offered in the Outdoors.

Have your troop "sponsor" a building at camp.

Blog and tweet about your Take Action projects and this Project too.

Organize an outdoor event to earn current Skill-Building badges for the Outdoors.

Tour your local PLC and see what is available in the library about the Outdoors, Outdoor training, and Outdoor enrichment and other great Girl Scout activities.

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Do you have more Take Action ideas for getting Girl Scout girls outdoors? List them at the Outdoor Journey Facebook page or the Yahoo group.

Juliette Gordon Low with two scouts via Wikipedia

This photo is via Wikipedia. It features our Founder, Juliette Low, with two Girl Scouts.

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Juliette Gordon Low (Center, left) believed in taking the Girl Scout girls outdoors and also going camping, hiking, and boating, too. These things are a part of Girl Scouting, even today, in some areas.

But we are losing it in other areas!

The Outdoor Journey (if adopted as part of official program) would help girls discover nature, help protect our environment, and carry forth the ideals of Girl Scouting.

It will also help preserve our remaining camps, which are national treasures that need to be protected for all the Girl Scouts of the future.

Juliette Low believed in girls being able to be outdoors in nature, to become more physically fit and healthy, to have fun and experience adventure, to learn leadership and to be of service.

Join us in helping girls and leaders "Put the Outing back in Girl Scouting." We believe that Juliette Low would approve.

"Ours is a circle of friendships, united by ideals."

"The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers."

"Right is right, even if nobody else does it."

-Juliette Gordon Low

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