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Outdoor Adventures

It’s time to try something new…

There’s so much to do, see, and explore with the GSCTX Outdoors Program.

Within the heart of every Girl Scout is the desire to discover and explore her world. We live in a world of screens and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. That’s why we encourage girls to feel the wind in their hair, discover the unknown, and take the plunge into their next adventure. 

    

View the Outdoor Progression chart for tips & ideas to challenge yourself in the Outdoors!

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MORE OUTDOORS OPPORTUNITIES

While you're earning your Outdoor Adventures Progression Patch, we have even more outdoor exploration waiting just outside your door!

Intrepid Journey Program
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INTREPID JOURNEY

Pack your bags for a grand outdoor journey! The Intrepid Journey program was started here at Girl Scouts of Central Texas in 2014, and is designed just for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

Undertake your own intrepid journey: plan an expedition to a place you choose, research the environmental issues there, learn how to live responsibly in the wild, create your own notebook of what you find there. As you go through the steps of this journey, you'll become a real expert on your location. Show your true outdoor spirit by earning all three levels of the Journey: Terra, Alea, and Indagatrix.

Sleep outside under the stars, climb the tallest mountain, and explore your world with Girl Scouts on this one-of-a-kind Journey created by and for Girl Scouts looking for adventure of all kinds.

Outdoor Series
OUTDOOR SERIES
Backcountry Camps Ignite your inner wild by taking a step into the backcountry with only what you have on your back. Maybe you’ll see a bear, a shooting star, or a 50-foot waterfall. Whitewater raft, rock climb, and experience the outdoors like you never have before at this one-of-a-kind summer camp.
Explore Texas Within its five ecosystems, Texas has so much beauty and nature exploration to offer. Let’s go explore the mountains in west Texas, the beach, the plains, and even the forests! For shorter trips, the Explore Texas series allows girls to see new parts of the great state they call home.

Parents, enjoy your extra free time! Girl Scouts is known for developing courage, confidence, and character in girls – and to better serve our girls we provide all of the trained and qualified volunteers on our treks. These independent experiences allow girls to try new things, meet new people, and have a valuable leadership experience. Parents are allowed to go on treks as volunteers but are not allowed to attend with their child. Please email outdoors@gsctx.org if you have any questions about the volunteers leading each trek.

High Adventure Team
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HIGH ADVENTURE TEAM

High Adventure Team (HAT) is a troop designed for Girl Scouts who want to get outside. Want to join a HAT troop? Look below for a list of outdoor-focused troops to find one near you! Want to start your own HAT troop? Email outdoors@gsctx.org for more information.

Are you a leader of an outdoor-focused interest group? Fill out this form to get your name on the list. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.

Current Active HAT Troops
Name Contact information Location Accepting new members
Midtown Adrenaline Junkies Steph Driggers
(512) 914-9280
steph.driggers@gmail.com
Midtown Service Unit, North Central Austin Yes
Central Bell Service Unit HAT Diana Wilbert
(254) 541-1755
Gijanemp@aol.com
Central Bell Service Unit, Temple and Belton Area Yes
Troop 1067 Karen Miller
(512) 454-1687
bumpercropper@hotmail.com
Midtown Service Unit, North Central Austin Yes
Troop 1510 Juliee Beyt
outdoors@gsctx.org
Midtown Service Unit, North Central Austin No
InTents Elizabeth Poprik
(979) 690-3942
epoprik@gmail.com
Bryan/College Station Yes

 

Other Outdoor Events
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DISCOVER YOUR OUTDOOR PASSIONS

Girl Scouts Outdoor Adventures works hard to bring opportunities to girls all over the Council with one-of-a-kind programs specifically for Girl Scouts. Check out the following for a few programs offered year-round. There are many other programs not listed here that you can find on the GSCTX Events Calendar to register for through Ebiz.

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High Adventure Outdoor Trips CSA Get lost in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, whitewater raft the Poudre, backpack thru the Shenandoah mountains, camp in the Red Wood Forest, see the West Coast, or enjoy taking a stroll through the mountain town of Estes Park. Pick which trip interests you!
Adopt a Creek – St Edwards Park All Ages Help keep Zilker Cabin in the family. Come out and help clean up the creek and learn a little bit about the St. Edwards Aquifer.
Rock Climbing JCSA Spend time with experienced, local guides that know how to make sure you gain the most from a rock climbing experience.
Scuba Dive JCSA Discover Scuba diving! You will start what can easily become a lifelong activity to share with your family and friends.  Your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) professionals will guide you through sessions on scuba diving safety then into the pool to scuba dive, play underwater games and experience the fun and excitement diving. Carry on this knowledge to Scuba trips!
Cast Iron Cook-off CSA Your troop has been known to cook a mean cobbler in a dutch oven, and you’ve found yourself cooking for your service unit campouts. Come show off your mad skills at the Cook Off and show other Girl Scouts how it’s done! Area-specific competitions will appoint the first-place winner to represent them in the Council-Wide Cast Iron Cook Off Competition.
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Do you love the wind and the water? Are you ready for adventure? Mariners is for you!

Gear Rental
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Gear is available for rent at the Kodosky Service Center in Austin. Check out a backpack, camp stoves, archery equipment, and more!

Outdoor Adventures Progression Patch
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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES PROGRESSION PATCH

Want to embrace the outdoors with your troop but not sure where to start? The Outdoor Progression Patch (shown above) will walk you through the steps to leading your troop to outdoor success. Join the single match club, learn survival skills, go from “glamper” to backpacker – seven levels will keep you and your troop busy learning and becoming Masters of the Outdoors.
Interested in earning this patch? Download the full curriculum here.  

Jr Ranger-National Parks Patch

Enjoy the Great Outdoors and Earn your Jr Ranger Patch!
Girl Scouts is continuing to partner with the National Park Service and the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a program connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States. Through this program, girls are invited to play outdoors, learn about national parks and why they're preserved, and develop essential leadership skills. Even better, girls have the opportunity to earn patches, complete journeys, and achieve Take Action and Gold Award projects!

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There are 5 easy steps to earn your ranger patch.
How to earn your Ranger patch thru 5 simple steps:

  1. Choose a National Park Service site
    Visit  http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm Choose a national park, a monument, or any of 417 sites protected by the National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.
  2. Imagine Yourself in a National Park
    Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge, or a night sky project interests you.
  3. Contact the park and make a plan
    Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s website under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Girl Scout. Ask if there is someone who works with the Girl Scout Ranger program or a volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator. Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your goals.
  4. Go to the park and Have Fun!
    If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far away to visit, create a Take Action Project.
  5. Share the experience
    Share your best shots on Instagram and Twitter using #FindYourPark and #NPS101 (don't forget to tag @GirlScouts!) and invite your entire troop to do the same!

Can this program contribute toward earning the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award?
The Girl Scout Ranger program is not a part of the qualifications for the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. However experiences you gain from participating in the Girl Scout Ranger program may contribute toward your progress in earning the award. Visit the Girl Scout award webpage for more information on the criteria for earning the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

Why five hours for a certificate and ten hours for a patch?
Girls scouts are awarded a program certificate upon completion of set hour requirements for the program (5 hours for a certificate, 10 hours for the Girl Scout Ranger patch). We strongly believe that with these set hour requirements, girls will come away with not just a certificate or patch, but the reward of discovery, sense of awareness and hopefully an interest in continuing their experiences at national parks that will build from awareness to knowledge, from interest and skills to participation, and ultimately to conservation as a value and habit, in addition to achieving Girl Scout leadership outcomes. The hour requirement can be met through a series of park experiences, so the program’s flexible participation design ensures that we afford Girl Scouts with the opportunity to have a continuum of diverse park experiences that foster long-term engagement with the NPS and the outdoors.

How did this program come about?
The Girl Scout Ranger program is a collaboration between the GSUSA and the NPS under the umbrella Linking Girls to the Land program. It is an expansion of the former Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger Program.

As the nation and the world are increasingly turning to technology, some believe this leads to a decrease in children participating in outdoor activities. The Girl Scout Ranger program supports the NPS goal of introducing youth to the outdoors. The experience provides girls the opportunity to expand their horizons, develop new ideas, new perspectives, and gain an increased appreciation for natural and cultural resource stewardship. The Girl Scout Ranger program is also a great opportunity for girls to join together, have fun, and make a difference!

Why should I be engaged in this program?
The Girl Scout Ranger program is exciting and fun! You can have fun in the outdoors and at the same time discover something new about yourself and your surroundings. Consider engaging girls in a journey or other Girl Scout program activity in a park and earn hours toward the certificate or patch. There is a project or activity for every grade level. When girls work with the park, projects can be catered towards the girls’ interests and goals. There are many different types of career opportunities with the National Park Service like biology, firefighting, education and interpretation that you could explore! It is so important and very rewarding for you to get outside, take in some fresh air, see wildlife, discover culture, and learn your role in protecting our environment.

Who gives me my Jr Ranger Patch and/or certificate?
The patches and certificates are given to you directly from the National Park that you work with.

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OUTDOOR SKILL-BUILDING VIDEOS

Are you new to hiking and camping? Maybe a little nervous about taking girls on an outdoor journey for the first time? Don't worry! These videos from GSUSA will help you prepare for a fun, safe adventure with your girls. (And be sure to read our Safety Checkpoints for specific safety guidelines on everything from archery to whitewater rafting.)

Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
Taking the Journeys Outside
Planning Your Troop's First Campout
Introduction to Campsite Set-up
Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
Outdoor Songs and Games
Introduction to Fire Building
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