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Outdoors Training

Take your girls outside! The following classes prepare you to introduce girls to the great outdoors in progressive steps from a local overnight to rustic camping.

View the  Outdoor Progression Chart to learn more about how Girl Scouts at all levels can experience the magic of the outdoors!

Remember to always follow Safety Ratios for ALL Outdoor Activities.

Select an outdoor training topic below to learn more:

Indoor Overnight Adventures Training

Adult Learning (Training) is required for at least one (1) adult registered Volunteer per troop planning to stay overnight with girls. For service unit encampments, troop adventure weekends, and first-time neighborhood overnights - where program activities and meals are provided, and girls lodge indoors.

Complete this required training before girls can go cabin camping or stay overnight indoors. At least one registered and background screened adult in attendance must have completed this training.

Indoor Overnight Adventures Training is hosted on gsoclearning.com

Troop Tent Camping Training

Adult Learning (Training) is required for at least one (1) adult registered Volunteer per troop accompanying girls camping, where the girls will be pitching tents and setting up campsites.

After an indoor overnight adventure, your girls may be ready for a troop tent camp out. Learn outdoor program delivery, as well as managing safety for your troop, involving girls in no-cook meal preparation (adults may use heat), and build troop skills, teamwork and memories. You’ll be qualified to take your girls camping at private and public campsites.

The Girl Scout Troop Tent Camping Training is a great opportunity for adult volunteers who love getting outdoors!

2 Prerequisites: 1. Indoor Overnight Adventures Training 2. Troop Tent Camping Online Pre-Course (hosted on GSOCLearning.com under Outdoor Essentials)

Recommend watching the “Outdoor Skills Videos” attached below and reviewing Safety Activity Checkpoints for Camping (page26).

By the end of Troop Tent Camping Training, you will be able to:

  • Confidently sleep in tents or open shelters
  • Discover safety wise-approved public and private campgrounds

Learn about Troop Camp at Camp Sherman and service unit/community campouts.

Outdoor Cooking Training

Adult Learning (Training) is required for at least one (1) adult registered Volunteer per troop planning to cook outdoors with girls.

Discover several fun methods of outdoor cooking you can empower your girls to use. Using propane, charcoal and wood fuel, you and your new friends will cook and share tasty recipes. Learn about safe food handling, sanitation and accommodating allergies and dietary practices. You'll be qualified to use many outdoor cooking methods with your girls.

The Girl Scout Outdoor Cooking Training is a great opportunity for adult volunteers who love getting outdoors!

2 Prerequisites: (1) Indoor Overnight Adventures Training and (2) Outdoor Cooking Pre-Course (hosted on GSOCLearning.com under Outdoor Essentials)

Recommend watching the “Outdoor Skills Videos” attached below and reviewing Safety Activity Checkpoints for Outdoor Cooking (page 95).

By the end of Outdoor Cooking Training, you will be able to:

  • Plan with Girl-Led activities
  • Prepare outdoor meals using charcoal fires, Dutch ovens, propane stoves, buddy burners, and box ovens
  • Supervise girls using charcoal and wood-burning fires
  • Cook in parks and program centers for day trips and picnics
Outdoor Skills Videos

Looking to brush up on classic outdoor skills? Check out these online videos!

Knots

Knife Safety

Fire building: Wood fires

Fire building: Putting out fires

Charcoal

Propane Stove

Venture Out!
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GSUSA created a useful interactive tool to explore different girl-led options in an outdoor adventure. 

Learn practical tips and tricks, read other volunteers’ stories, and explore the joys of taking girls outside with Venture Out!, a fun, interactive “outdoor” adventure made possible by GSUSA’s Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

Learn more about Venture Out!

  

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Discover outdoor programming for girls, volunteers, and families at Girl Scout of Orange County's  Camp Scherman.

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