Friday, February 15, 2019

The Outdoor Photo Challenge Is Still Going Strong! See Our Week Two Winner

There’s so much more to every hike, campfire, and outdoor exploration. From admiring the magic of nature to learning how to protect it to taking on challenges to making new friends, Girl Scouts build life skills that allow them to be better at everything they do! 

Week Two of the Girl Scouts Outdoors Challenge, supported by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, proved that courage and curiosity make everything possible! Your amazing wildlife discovery photos exceeded all expectations and showed the world that Girl Scouts are fearless leaders. So thank you for participating and sharing your adventures. Check out the full photo gallery of submissions.

Your submissions also showed that being outdoors is not only an amazing opportunity to learn and have fun but also to make new connections at camp or through different Girl Scout trips. You don’t have to be a current Girl Scout to go to Girl Scout camp—all girls are welcome. So get ahead of the game and find an awesome camp near you or learn more about incredible programs like Destinations, through which girls can travel the world!

Here are our top ten submissions for week two and our lucky winner.

Winner - Week 2:

"When my Troop 626 and I cleaned our Colorado river, we found this little guy. I didn't know our river had these kinds of animals. Knowing this now makes us more aware of making sure we keep our lands clean and making sure that the future kids can enjoy moments like this, as we did." -Anais

Featured Submissions:

"While earning our Animal Habitat badge we had an up-close experience with Squirrel Monkeys and got to really enjoy walking around in a rain forest habitat." -Danika

"This was my first time feeding a giraffe, and it licked my face!" -Gabriella

"Being that I am fearless little 5-year-old Daisy, I found this sheep to be as soft as he looks. I was able to feed and give him a big hug." -Makynlee

"Mary Murphy meeting “Chewie” at the Hattiesburg Zoo. She is just crazy about sloths and she’s even writing a book about them!" -Anastasia

"I was able to interact with wildlife and appreciate the beauty of it. I learned a lot about our wildlife I did not know. Education is power and I felt it that day!" -Abigail

"My family visited Mexico. While we were there I got to see baby sea turtles hatch and migrate to the ocean, talk to a dolphin, feed a manatee and ride a horse in the jungle. I love nature and it was a great trip filled with outdoor adventure." -Chloe

"After two years of saving, these Ambassador Girl Scouts got to meet the elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary near Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was truly magical!" -Mary-Catherine

"There weres 3 butterflies flying together and they all landed on me. They stayed there for a while, then peed on me before they flew away." -Makenzie

"My grandmother took me to the Wild Center in New York where I was able to hold a baby kangaroo. It was great to snuggle and talk to him." -Nola

"This experience was so special because my troop had been saving up for years to go on a trip to Mexico to experience the wildlife up close in its natural habitat. We got to go scuba diving to see sharks and other big creatures. We also went snorkeling with the sea turtles in Costa Maya, Mexico and it was so cool! We were within less than a foot to the sea turtles who were feeding on the seagrass. Later our tour guide told us all about what we saw in the beautiful blue waters of Mexico. Seeing those graceful sea turtles is something that I will never forget as long as I live, and what made it even better was that I got to experience those sea turtles and other animals with my best friends!" -Breana

But wait, there's more! You still have a chance to win if you take the third challenge. Share pics of your wildlife adventures on Instagram or Twitter with #GSoutdoorsSweepstakes, tag @girlscouts, and tell us what made your wildlife adventure special! You can also enter by uploading your entry here (this method is especially useful if you don't have social media accounts or if your social media accounts are private).

About the Elliott Wildlife Values Project

The mission of the EWVP/Girl Scout partnership is to develop girls as leaders in wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship efforts that positively affect their communities and the world. Its objective is to foster the Girl Scout mission—building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the EWVP, girls develop science, outdoor, and leadership skills through cooperative girl-led activities in which they learn by doing. In the process, they:

  • Grow a strong sense of self, develop positive values, and gain an understanding of their important role in caring for wildlife and Earth's natural resources
  • Connect with nature, the outdoors, and their local and global communities; network with environmental experts; and investigate career opportunities
  • Take action to identify community and environmental needs, positively influence the environment, and educate and inspire others to act as stewards of Earth and its wildlife