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Welcome to the Outdoor Journey website!

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 is a HUGE part of Girl Scouting, the very cornerstone of the Movement, and is so healthy and good for the girls. Juliette Low, our Founder, had Outdoor Program as a cornerstone of the Girl Scout movement. And it still is!

NEWS: GSUSA has just published a new study <May 2014> called SRI: More Than S'Mores Outdoor Experiences.

This validates the need for more official Outdoor Program, because Outdoor Education is the cornerstone of Girl Scouting. Juliette Low was very much for it.

AND now there is an OFFICIAL CONVERSATION about it. Here's the latest from GSUSA! Via Member Kate:

"These are the questions the delegates are ASKED to ask their council members and summarize - including get it to Vicki Wright before September 15, 2014. Each council will have 1 spokesperson to present at the national discussion. Include what level of priority is Outdoor."

GSUSA Discussion Questions 2014

It's up to us, the Membership of Girl Scouting, to find out the names and emails/addresses of our Council Delegates and Alternates to find out how they plan to poll the Girl Scout girls and Member-Volunteers and be ready for this event.

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

Also, be sure your Delegates to the 2014 National Council Session in Salt Lake City know that you are for more official Outdoor Program in Girl Scouting.

Read the 10 Reasons for More Official Outdoor Program in Girl Scouting here too.

Make sure they also join in the OFFICIAL Discussions about it there at the Pre-Convention Workshop, GS University. Here is a description of that event from the GSUSA site:

"GSLE Outdoors - October 15: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; October 16: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Find out about ways to make GSLE come alive in an outdoor setting. We’ve found some “outdoor bright spots” and we’ve got great stories about things that are working across the Movement… and we want to learn more! Come ready to share and learn different things your colleagues across the Movement are doing to get girls excited about experiencing GSLE in outdoor spaces.
Audience: staff and volunteers"

And go as a Visitor if you can. Get the word out - let everyone in your Council know about this latest initiative.

And let your Council Staff, CEO, Board Chair and Board Members, and your fellow Member-Volunteers all know that YOU support more OFFICIAL Girl Scout Program in Girl Scouting. We at the Outdoor Journey Project support more official Outdoor Program in the form of an Outdoor Journey, and lots more badges too!

Members are talking about including the Mariner Program too. Let's all let GSUSA National know we support Adventure and Fun for all the Girl Scout girls!

 

Get connected. Join our Facebook page here. And then invite your friends. Thanks!

 

Here are more ways you can help.

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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. Or go as a Visitor.

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.

Let your CEO and Board Members and Council Staff know that you support the Outdoor Journey Project.

Invite all your Girl Scout friends 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.

 

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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.

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

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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 Outdoor Education. It is a part of Girl Scouting, even today.

The Outdoor Journey (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.

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 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.

"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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