Here are some tips to do an existing Journey with your troop OUTDOORS.
A Girl Scout camp is a great place to do things -including current Journey activities and badges - with your troop girls. Start by visiting a camp or going outdoors for a short time, then working up to longer periods of time. This is Progression - and how to help your girls feel comfortable and at home out of doors.
After your troop has discovered how fun being outside can be, they may want to go on a longer, overnight trip to a building or home. When they are comfortable with this, maybe they would like to cook outdoors at a Leader's house. Maybe a sleepover for one night at a Leader's home once or more times might be another good next step.
Here is a neat Progression chart.
As something to look forward to, a stay in a Girl Scout Camp building can be an exciting and fun experience for girls. Staying for longer periods, such as a weekend, can be worked up to also. Special official Journey events may be offered by your Council. Look online or in your Leader book to see when these are offered, and sign your girls up for them.
Tip: Some troops have done Journey events with their troop, then had their girls do the Take Action project later.
Of course, always make sure you and your co-leader and any volunteers who help with your troop take your official Girl Scout trainings and get registered too. And above all, have fun!
When following any camping activity, make sure to follow all your Council's rules and have all trainings and First Aid training too, before your troop goes on a campout, overnight, etc. There are procedures to follow to make sure your girls (and you) stay safe.
Not sure what your rules or paperwork entails? Contact your Council.
Stay safe - - and have fun...
How to do Daisy Journeys in the Outdoors and at Camp
by Rhonda Robinson, Charlotte, NC.
Daisy Journey Activities in the Outdoors
This fun guide helps leaders who are doing the official Journeys for Daisies, the Daisy Flower Garden, Between Earth and Sky, and 3 Cheers for Animals.
Here are other Ideas from Girl Scout Councils and other groups that help put Official GSUSA Journeys into the Out of Doors - and this is a good thing!
NEW - Project Learning Tree has a Correlations Page that explains how to use their resources in current Journeys and badges like Camper, Trees, and more. There are also grants available. Read the page for more information.
The Kentuckiana Council offered a Journey Camporee last Spring. See the description here. It was at a Girl Scout camp.
Girl Scouts teamed with Sage YMCA for Journey Camp for Girl Scout girls in Northern Illinois.
Be Creative -- use these Journey Helps at the Girl Scout Betsy blog too to make your own Outdoor Journey day or event.
Try out more Outdoor Activities and links - check out the Outdoor Activities page here on the site.
And send me your <unofficial> Outdoor Journey ideas too!
And here are more Journey Help sites:
Girl Scouts of Northern California Jump for Journeys page and more