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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 the Safety Activity Checkpoints for ALL outdoor activities.

Select an outdoor training topic below to learn more:

Indoor Overnight Adventures Training

Indoor Overnight Adventures is required to be completed by at least one registered, adult Volunteer per troop planning to stay overnight with girls. Examples of overnights are: 

  • Sleepovers (indoors or outdoors) 
  • Backyard campouts 
  • Program Center overnights 
  • Service unit encampments 
  • Troop adventure weekends  
  • First-time camping experiences - where program activities and meals are provided, and girls lodge indoors, such as Camp Scherman. 

Indoor Overnight Adventures Training is located on gsLearn.

If you have any questions, please contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org

Troop Tent Camping Training

Troop Tent Camping training is required for at least one registered, adult 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!

Two Prerequisites

  1. Indoor Overnight Adventures training located on gsLearn 
  2. Troop Tent Camping Online Pre-Course located on gsLearn 

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

Knots
Knife Safety
Fire building: Wood fires
Fire building: Putting out fires
Charcoal
Propane Stove

Remember to always follow the Safety Activity Checkpoints for ALL outdoor activities.

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

If you have any questions, please contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org

Outdoor Cooking Training

Outdoor Cooking training is required for at least one registered, adult Volunteer per troop planning to cook outdoors with girls

Discover several fun methods of outdoor cooking you can share with your girls. The trainer will teach you to cook outdoors using propane and charcoal. You will learn about safe food handling, sanitation and accommodating allergies and dietary practices, so you can teach these outdoor cooking methods to your girls. 

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

Two Prerequisites: 

  1. Indoor Overnight Adventures training located on gsLearn 
  2. Outdoor Cooking Pre-Course located on gsLearn 

Remember to always follow the Safety Activity Checkpoints for ALL outdoor activities.

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

Knots
Knife Safety
Fire building: Wood fires
Fire building: Putting out fires
Charcoal
Propane Stove

Register now for an upcoming Outdoor Cooking training.

If you have any questions, please contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org

 

Knots & Lashing Training

Knots & Lashing Training is recommended for Troop/Group Volunteers who would like to learn knots and lashing skills. 

In this hands-on training, you will learn and practice some of the most useful knots used in Girl Scouting such as overhand, square knot, bowline, larks head, clove hitch, fisherman’s knot, sheet bend and sheep shank.  

You will also be introduced to and practice lashing, which is a method used to secure two poles or pole-like items together. You will learn how to begin a lashing project with a clove hitch, proper wrapping & frapping techniques and end the project with a square knot. During training, you will Practice several types of lashing such as round, square  tripod and continuous to be able to make flagpoles, signs, tables, kitchen set-ups at campouts and more!  

Teaching girls Knots and Lashing skills are strongly recommended for participating at events like Junior Jam, Cadette-O-Rama and GAM, or for those who simply want to help their girls develop new skills! 

Suggested item to bring to training: 

  • Pocket knife, non-locking blade type 

Register now for an upcoming Knots and Lashing training.

If you have any questions, please contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org

Maps & Compass Training

Maps & Compass training is recommended for Troop/Group Volunteers who would like to learn how to read a map and navigate using a compass. 

In this hands-on training, you will learn the basics of reading a topographical map, learn and practice how to use a base plate compass, how to take a bearing and measure a bearing on a map, be introduced to a sighting compass, and learn how to plot a simple course for girls to follow.  

Teaching girls Maps & Compass skills are strongly recommended for participating at events like Junior Jam, Cadette-O-Rama, GAM, wilderness hiking or for those who simply want to help their girls develop new skills! 

Suggested item to bring to training:  

  • A liquid-filled baseplate compass

Register now for an upcoming Maps and Compass training.

If you have any questions, please contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org

  

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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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Register now for upcoming outdoors trainings!

If you have any questions, please contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org