Girl Scouts have been enjoying the outdoors for more than a century, ever since Juliette Gordon Low assembled the first troop of girls in 1912. From the start, getting to know the outdoors through adventure and physical play, exploring the bountiful world outside our homes and classrooms while restoring the mind and spirit, and connecting to nature in meaningful ways has been at the core of Girl Scouting.
We’re all about having positive experiences, building friendships, making the world a better place by caring for the environment, and having tons of fun. And the outdoors is a great place to do all those things! Plus, many of our badge and Journey activities have connections to the outdoors. What can we say? We looove the fresh air and endless possibilities that lay beyond the living rooms and windows of our lives. There’s just so much to explore and learn!
And what better time than spring and summer to get outside and rejoice in all the AWESOME the outdoors has to offer? Luckily, June is Great Outdoors Month, and we’ll be celebrating BIG all month long by highlighting key research around girls and the outdoors—including the difference regular access to outdoor activities makes in girls’ lives. We’ll also be talking about cool ways to get outside and introducing some awesome camping tips in celebration of National Campout Day. We’ll even have two guest bloggers (both Girl Scout alumnae—yay!) sharing their love of the outdoors with us.
It’s going to be a great month, so visit the blog often, and don’t miss out. In the meantime, check out these great resources to learn more about Girl Scouts and the outdoors:
- Girl Scouts and the Environment
- Girl Scouts want to be Outdoor Explorers
- Spotlight on Badges: Brownies in the Outdoors!
- Girl Scouts Partners with National Park Service to give Girl Scouts Everywhere Access to the Outdoors
And don’t forget to take a little break from all that technology you’re knee-deep in, get outside, and enjoy the warmth of spring and summer, and the gift of nature—this month and every month!