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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...

 

BIG news from the National Council Session, October 2014

Outdoor Partnerships are ramping up!

We have three partnerships at GSUSA with important outdoor groups. They are:

#1. The National Park Service

#2. The National Forest Service

#3. The American Camp Association (ACA).

Our CEO says to expect that we will be working more closely with these partners in the future. This is great news! I can't wait to hear more about that.

Explore these sites!

Newest: The Outdoor Foundation helps youth group leaders get youth outdoors. From their site: "Getting Youth Active Toolkit for the Trade is maintained by The Outdoor Foundation to help grow participation in active outdoor recreation and improve the health of young people in America. The growing concern among outdoor businesses and enthusiasts over youth inactivity and obesity makes this initiative a top priority for the outdoor community." Read their tips about Paddling, Orienteering, Climbing, Camping, Hiking and Biking here. And make sure to check current GSUSA Safety rules and training too, of course.

US Government Forest Service brochures and more at the National Symbols Cache page: Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, Junior Ranger Programs, and more. These look like great additions to your Girl Scout Outdoor Program.

Become a Girl Scout Ranger at a National Park! http://www.nps.gov/gettinginvolved/youthprograms/girlscoutranger.htm. Here is their flyer on Resource Stewardship: http://www.nps.gov/cuva/forkids/upload/Girl-Scout-Ranger-Flyer.pdf.

Find Girl Scout outdoor activities here on the Girl Scouts of Northern California Page "Leader Resources Downloads". Scroll down to the heading "Outdoor Resources" and you will find activities like a Chart for Planning with Girls, an Edible Fire, Leave No Trace Principles, an Edible Bedroll, Progression in Girl Scouting, Troop Camping Gear, and more. There are pages done by their volunteer Learning Facilitators.

NEW! Groups can join the Captain Planet Foundation and learn about the environment, clean air, recycling, and energy conservation, and more. Get patches too! http://captainplanetfoundation.org/planeteers/

Girl Scout Games and Outdoor Activities on Pinterest by Leigh-Anne Benson

Do fun activities from NASA

Girl Scout Camping on Pinterest by GSLakeMom

VIRGINIA: the Green Adventure Program at Triple C Camp - Badge Days for Girl Scouts - Journey Opportunities, plus Expeditions and camping.

Team Building Activity links from the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

Outdoor Cooking Safety Activity Checkpoints - from the Girl Scouts Bay Area Council

The Ultimate Camp Resource site

Daisy Girl Scout Patches from Girl Scouts of Maine - scroll down to see their Outdoor Knowledge patch.

Junior Girl Scout Outdoor Creativity - made for Huntington Gardens, this patch program would be good for any garden location. Just customize this for your troop.

Girl Scout Patches on Pinterest by Cathy Braun (Fun and Council's Own)

"Discover your national parks; learn about the mission of the National Park Service; help protect the nation's natural, cultural, and historical resources. Earn a certificate or patch by participating in educational programs or volunteer service/action" http://www.nps.gov/gettinginvolved/youthprograms/girl_scouts.htm

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