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Outdoors

From the backyard to the backcountry, Girl Scouts has a long and storied history of getting every girl outdoors. In fact, many Girl Scouts tell us “camping trips” are one of the best things about their Girl Scout experience! It’s true: connecting with the great outdoors in a girl-led setting is a big benefit of belonging to Girl Scouts.

By earning outdoor badges, completing an outdoor Journey, or attending outdoor programs, your girl will build leadership skills, overcome challenges, and learn how to protect the environment. Girl Scouts is the perfect place to introduce the outdoors to young girls.

Outdoor Adventures and Camp

GSEMA camps and outdoor adventures provide unique opportunities for girls to take the lead and take action in ways that build their courage, confidence, and character. Whether your girl attends an in-person event or explores the outdoors from home, she'll get to be a decision-maker with leadership opportunities in every program.

Outdoor Badges

Girl Scout awards and badges are a great way for a girl to explore her interests and learn new skills—and show the world what she's accomplished. Explore the outdoor badges she can earn by level below.

Daisy Outdoor Badges

Brownie Outdoor Badges

Junior Outdoor Badges

Cadette Outdoor Badges

Senior Outdoor Badges

Ambassador Outdoor Badges

Outdoor Journeys

On her Outdoor Journey, your girl will get outside to explore and enjoy nature while completing a sustainable Take Action project. Activities ranging from backyard camping to high-adventure exploration build essential outdoor skills and inspire girls to become environmental stewards.  Explore outdoor journeys by grade level.

Outdoor Programs

By attending GSEMA outdoor programs, she'll keep her Girl Scout Leadership Experience going all year long! Browse upcoming programs by Girl Scout level below.

Daisy
Brownie
Junior
Cadette
Senior
Ambassador

Programs by Request

Archery! STEM! Geocaching! Boating! They’re back!

Schedules don’t always work, but do not fear—this is where Programs by Request can help you out! Pick a program from the Program Options list below, a location (Camp Cedar Hill, Wind-in-the-Pines, or Maude Eaton) and a couple of dates that work for your group (Wednesday-Friday afternoons and Saturdays). Then fill out the request form. All requests must be submitted at least three weeks in advance of your dates. Once we designate facilitators for your program, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register and pay online. 

Two GSEMA facilitators will lead a minimum of 10 girls through your program. As of February 16, per the state of Massachusetts, group sizes must not exceed 25 people, including the two GSEMA staff. (Additionally, please be aware that Archery has a maximum of 15 girls.)

Program Options and Pricing

Archery
BJCSA
MAX 15 girls - $20 per girl (2 hours)
Learn the basics of using a bow and arrow, and the importance of range safety from a trained facilitator. Aim for a bullseye and practice hitting a target in small groups. 

Build Your Outdoor Skills – Beginner Fire Building
BJCSA
$20 per girl (2 hours)
Gain confidence building a successful fire and get comfortable with fire safety. Learn all about the basics of fire building, including how to safely light a match, where to find the best wood, and which layout is best for building your fire.

Build Your Outdoor Skills – Knots and Lashing
JCSA
$20 per girl (2 hours)
Knowing basic knots and how to lash are essential Girl Scout skills. Learn the difference between knots and lashing, practice tying a few knots, and use these knots to lash a shelter or create a fort.

Build Your Outdoor Skills – Jack Knives
JCSA
$20 per girl (2 hours)
Are you a “whittle” curious about how to properly use a jackknife? Learn about knife safety and the usefulness of knives while camping. Then practice your skills while whittling a soap carving.

Build Your Outdoor Skills – Birding
JCSA
$20 per girl (2 hours)
Bird watching is becoming a very popular sport. Join us as we go on a birding hike. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us and learn how to properly use them before we head out on a walk around camp. Using a bird field guide and other identification techniques, we will identify as many birds as we are able to find!

Boating Fun
May 15–June 13 (Camp Wind-in-the-Pines ONLY at this time)
DBJCSA
$15 per girl (1.5 hours)
Learn basic paddling techniques, how to get in and out of a boat, and how to properly wear a personal flotation device. Play games on the water or look for local wildlife while on a trip around the pond.

Letterboxing
DB
$20 per girl (2 hours)
Are you up for a challenge? Discover this worldwide hobby and make your own letterboxing stamp. Think critically, solve problems, and learn basic compass skills as you work as a team to navigate a course in search of sneaky hidden letterboxes.

GPS Geocaching
JCSA
$20 per girl (2 hours)
In this introduction to geocaching, you'll use GPS technology to navigate your way to hidden treasure, practicing this popular adventure activity that is now a worldwide hobby. Each participant will need to bring a smartphone to try entering latitudes and longitudes on their own.

Earth Defenders
DBJ
$20 per girl (2 hours)
Nature gives us so many gifts! Any time you’re outdoors you can take care of the environment. As an earth defender, you’ll learn how to protect outdoor spaces and teach others to do the same. And of course, no environmental superhero is complete without their own specially designed superhero costume! All participants will earn a GSUSA Badge (Daisy Eco-Learner, Brownie Eco-Friend and Junior Eco-Camper) and an Earth Defenders Fun Patch. Volunteer supervision is required.

Wilderness Friends
BJC
$20 per girl (2 hours)
Go on a wilderness adventure around camp to learn about the local trees and habitats! Watch your step, as we’ll be guests in the homes of our resident bugs and wildlife. You will make a craft and embark on a nature scavenger hike as you take steps toward earning the following badges: Bugs (Brownies), Animal Habitats (Juniors), and Trees (Cadettes).

Camp Detective
DBJCSA
$20 per girl (2 hours)
Can you solve the case of the missing gnomes? Someone has stolen the gnomes and they need to be found for the magic of camp to return! Conduct fun detective experiments while narrowing the suspect list down until you find the culprit. Girl Scout Juniors will complete all the steps to earn the Detective badge.

Crazy STEM Exploration
DBJC
$20 per girl (2 hours)
Get excited for outdoor STEM fun! Code, engineer, and experiment your way through camp. Bring your curiosity and problem-solving skills!

Space Camp
DBJ
Night-time program (Friday or Saturday night only)
$20 per girl (2 hours)
Explore our nearest neighbor (the moon!), the solar system, and some further flung constellations! We’ll start in the light with some hands-on outer space activities, and then see what we can find with telescopes once it’s dark (clouds permitting).


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Requests will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Every effort will be made to find a team of facilitators to safely run your program with COVID precautions in place. 

Please remember that troop leaders will need to make sure that adult to girl ratios are covered, as GSEMA staff cannot count in your ratios. 


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