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Camp and Outdoors

You live in a world of screens—smartphone! laptop! TV! tablet!—and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. That’s why you can focus your whole Girl Scout experience on getting outdoors.

You’ll develop the kind of outdoor skills it’s hard to get anywhere else. Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent, or canoeing across a lake. Hey, how about adding some horseback riding, rock climbing, and archery to the mix? With your troop, at camp, or on another outdoor program, you’ll find out how much fun it can be to unplug and explore the world around you.

Outdoor Program Resources

Practice your outdoor skills, work on outdoor badges, get outside with your family, and spend time in the great outdoors.

GSCO Get Outdoors Patch

This is a checklist challenge full of fun outdoor activities for the fall/winter and spring/summer seasons. Complete the required number of activities for your Girl Scout level to earn each side of the patch. This patch is designed to be girl-led and to get girls outside and having fun! Download the checklist to get started.

GSCO Outdoor Skills Patch

The GSCO Outdoor Skills Patch program is a progressive four-level patch that encourages girls to master several outdoor skills such as knot tying, fire building, outdoor cooking, navigation, outdoor gear, tools and more. It is designed for girls to work on and earn throughout their entire time as Girl Scouts.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife Patch

We are excited to kick-off the next step in our partnership with Colorado Parks & Wildlife with the release of a special patch designed to go along with the Colorado state parks and fish hatcheries passport book. Girl Scouts can add a ring to the patch with each 5 new parks or hatcheries they visit, and along the way get to explore the amazing natural resources all across Colorado and participate in unique programs at each park! Read all about the patch.

Guide to Urban Hiking

Need to get outdoors, but you live in an urban area? Go Urban Hiking! Wondering what that is? Check out Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Guide to Urban Hiking. Getting outdoors for as little as 20 minutes can greatly improve your headspace and can provide a little exercise to get those wiggles out.

Trail Adventure Badge Webinar & Resource Guide

Ready to go hiking and earn your trail adventure badge? Watch our recorded webinar series and review our resource guides for all the tips need to hit the trail!

GSCO Outdoor Videos

Follow along on outdoor adventure and build outdoor skills from your home with these video series from out camp team! Video topics include everything from knife safety to trail marking to making your own backpacking food.

Trailblazer and Mariner Troops

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Do you have an older girl troop that wants to do more in the outdoors? Or maybe you are a future adult volunteer who wants to get girls engaged in high adventure activities outdoors. Well, we now have the perfect troop programs for you: Trailblazers and Mariners. Learn more about creating a Trailblazer or Mariner troops.

Leave No Trace

Visit the  Leave No Trace website for tons of outdoor activities to do as a family, online learning resources and lots of other resource.

Adult Volunteer Outdoor Skills & Training

There are lots of ways to get outdoors with girls, anything from a walk a local park, to a day outdoor skill building adventure, to an overnight backpacking trip! As girl moves through an outdoor progression, different kinds of adult volunteer training is needed. The chart below summarizes all of the outdoor program resources and skills training opportunities available to you as a volunteer with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Adult Volunteer Outdoor Skills, Resources & Training Progression Chart

Outdoor Program Planning Resource Guide

Girl Scouts of Colorado developed the Outdoor Program Planning Resource Guide for troop leaders, volunteers, and caregivers to use as a resource to help plan their next outdoor adventure with their Girl Scouts – such as visiting a Girl Scout property, camping with your troop, working on special outdoor patches, planning your own outdoor activity and more!