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Important News! Hot off the Facebook Presses February 2014.

Survey results are in from the Girl Scouts Members and Supporters who took a very important Survey about Girl Scouting recently.

You can see the Survey, and check out who took it, the survey results, AND the comments here: http://gsmembersupportersurvey.weebly.com/

(from the GSUSA: Are You Listening Facebook Page): "For comments or questions please contact us at gsusaareyoulistening@gmail.com.

You can also find us on Facebook at GSUSA, Are You Listening? <http://www.facebook.com/pages/GSUSA-Are-You-Listening/335108643294594> where we are hosting a GS "virtual" town hall to discuss all things Girl Scouting."

 

Welcome to the Outdoor Journey website. 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, and also more Outdoor Badges to go with it.

Why we are working for more official Outdoor Program in Girl Scouting: when the Journeys were written, a lot of Outdoor Program was left out. We want to put it back in. Camping and Outdoor Program is a HUGE part of Girl Scouting, and is so healthy and good for the girls. Juliette Low, our Founder, had Outdoor Program as a cornerstone of the Girl Scout movement. Read more about the Outdoor Journey Project by scrolling to the picture of Juliette Low.

Good news! We have 7 Councils who have Taken Action and have sent their official Requests to have a Conversation about Outdoor Program at the 2014 National Council Session being held October 16-19 in Salt Lake City Utah. These are the Proposals they sent: #1: Discussion Proposal Outdoor Journey Discussion, #2: Linking Girls to the Land (latest version) and #3. Pacesetters (latest version) (click to download these to read them.)

The Councils who have Taken Action to discuss Girl Scouting and the Outdoors are Virginia Skyline Council (FIRST to send and get OK'd, and definitely taking the lead), Northeast Texas, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, New Mexico, Girl Scouts of Ohio Heartland, Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, and Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama. Also Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast have expressed support for Virginia Skyline.

In related news, Sarah Y., an Ambassador Scout, has come up with an Outdoor STEM Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors that her Council, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, is going to Pilot for their girls. You can find out more about this at her Facebook page for older girls, CSA Girl Scouts REALLY in the Outdoors. Good job, Sarah!

Join our Facebook page here. And then invite your friends. Thanks! We also have a NEW Yahoo page.

 

Take Action now! Here are some ideas for things YOU can do while waiting for more official Outdoor Program to be made for Girl Scouting. Ideas here are from me and from Barb from Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council. Pick one - or pick many. It's all up to you.

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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 to the 2014 National Council Session. Find out the deadline, and apply before that.

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

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

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

Learn about the Girl Scout camps in your area.

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

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Come up with an 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.

Write a letter to your Council's Board of Directors and CEO and GSUSA's Board and CEO too.

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

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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.

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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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Our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low (Center, left) believed in Outdoor Education. It is a part of Girl Scouting, even today.

But the current official Girl Scout Journey programs do not include Outdoor Education as they should. That is one reason for the Outdoor Journey Project.

The Outdoor Journeys (if adopted as part of official program) would help troops, leaders, and girls discover nature, help protect our environment, and carry forth the ideals of Scouting that Juliette Low pioneered.

Another reason for the Outdoor Journey idea (it is unofficial) is to help preserve our camps, which are a national treasure 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 how 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. Do you think this would make a good official Journey for Girl Scouts? Let us know what you think.

"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

Your troop can use the NEW Journey Guide for all levels to help write another <unofficial> Journey example or try it to be a pre-beta-tester. Check the "Try a Journey" page to find out more.

Of course, your must have official camping training by your Councils first and observe all official safety rules.

Send me your comments and ideas. Thanks.

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