One Outdoor Outing

Plan for outdoor activities with Girl Scout friends! This can be as simple as holding a troop meeting outside or adapting an activity to be outdoors instead of indoors. Get ideas from these places.

  • Attend council-hosted badge-earning events. Check for events that work with your troop schedule. Use the Advanced Search function and click the box for “Outdoors”.
  • Researching outdoor-focused badges? Use the GSUSA Award & Badge Explorer to search for badges by grade level. Under Topic, filter for “Outdoors” and discover 8-13 badges in each grade level focused on outdoor activity.
  • In the Volunteer Toolkit, look for the evergreen tree icon to see adapted badge activity for getting the troop outside. Or, sort for “Outdoors” to find outdoor-focused badges.
  • Browse the Field Trip and Travel Partners page, especially the “Outdoor” and “Adventure” folders, to find organizations willing to host Girl Scout troop field trips. Get your troop outdoors for meetings, a family event, a STEM activity, or a community service project. Dress for the weather and enjoy the fresh air!

Badge and Journey Categories with Outdoor Activity 

  • Outdoor Journey
  • Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey (Outdoor STEM) 
  • Eco
  • Snow or Climbing Adventure
  • Trail Adventure
  • Troop Camper
  • Outdoor Art

…and other outdoor adventure and life skills badges! Find them all in the Volunteer Toolkit!

Events to inspire outdoor activity

  • March 12 Girl Scout Birthday and Girl Scout Week – Outdoor activity is one of the pillars of the Girl Scout program!
  • April 22 Earth Day – Find Earth Day events in your community and join in.
  • April 22 Girl Scout Leader Day – Recognize all the volunteers that contribute to your troop. Invite families to a picnic, a hike, or other outdoor activity to celebrate volunteers.
  • April/May – Service Areas can be a part of the National Girl Scout          Open House to introduce to new girls to get to know Girl Scouts.
  • May is National Bridging Week – Use a real bridge, whether it’s at a playground or in a park.
  • Memorial Day events – In your Girl Scout uniform, walk in parades, honor veterans, or host a flag ceremony to show your patriotic pride.
  • May/June Troop Year-end parties – Before everyone scatters for summer, bring girls and families together for celebrations and ceremonies. 
  • June/July/August Girl Scout Summer Camp – Girls attend camp, including Troop Camp, Day Camp, Resident Camp or Wilderness Camp. (Registration starts in January.)
  • Mid-September’s Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend – visit any State Park, meet with park rangers and earn a beautiful patch!
  • October 31 Founder’s Day – Host a campfire event with a Scout’s Own ceremony or an outdoor photo scavenger hunt!