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Outdoor experiences prepare Girl Scouts for the future


Now that spring is in full swing (and it might as well be summer some days), Girl Scouts are getting ready to spend more time in the great outdoors! 

Troops are planning end-of-year campouts, and girls are signing up for summer resident camp and day camp to keep their Girl Scout experience going strong over the summer. Camping is a key piece of Girl Scouting, but it’s so much more than campfires and s’mores roasts.

When Girl Scouts go to camp, they learn to take healthy risks in a safe environment, work as a team and gain independence. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, outdoor experiences help girls build critical life skills.

Camp builds problem-solvers! Girls with more frequent outdoor experiences are more likely to seek challenges and are better at solving problems — qualities that will help them embark on a lifetime of leadership, both academically and personally.

Camp exposes girls to new experiences! Of girls surveyed by GSRI, 72 percent said that Girl Scouts gave them the chance to build their skills or try new outdoor activities.

Camp builds courage and confidence — cornerstones to the Girl Scout mission! Spending time in nature improves a girl’s concentration and creative reasoning. Outdoor experiences also help promote healthy social development and increase girls’ self-esteem.

When girls have the opportunity to camp #LikeAGirlScout, they’re safely getting out of their comfort zone and preparing for the road ahead — and, yes, perfecting their s’mores-making skills.

Want to give your girl all of these opportunities and more? Sign her up for Summer Resident Camp or Gateway Council’s new Day Camp, so she can get outside, make new friends and have the best summer ever!

Research from More Than S’mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences