Monday, July 25, 2022

Everything You Need to Know to Unlock the Girl Scouts Love State Parks Patch

The love for the great outdoors has always been a part of Girl Scouts’ DNA. This year the biggest Girl Scout outdoor event—the Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend—is coming back on September 10th and 11th and we’re so here for it!

Start your adventure and join thousands of nature-lovers from across the country, as we commit to getting outdoors, getting active, and giving back by cleaning up some of our favorite outdoor spaces. 

The Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend is made possible by THOR Industries and their sustainability program, Pick Up America. Since the program’s launch in 2019, Pick Up America volunteers have pledged to remove over 240 tons of trash from public lands. And Girl Scouts play a big part in this monumental clean-up effort.

Did you know that all together, the amount of waste generated by humans affects the environment in multiple ways:
  • It contributes to the worsening climate crisis
  • It has a negative impact on wildlife and the natural environment
  • It is a detriment to our very own public health
The simple act of picking up trash counteracts these negative effects and helps keep our parks beautiful, clean, and safe. It’s a win-win!

So, whether you choose to head out to your favorite state park or hit a new trail, you’ll have fun and make a difference wherever the weekend takes you. Best of all, Girl Scouts who participate will get the opportunity to use their free Girl Scouts Love State Parks passport to guide their adventures throughout the weekend and earn an amazing, limited-edition patch! Don’t forget to follow all local social distancing, and safety guidelines, in addition to wearing gloves to safely pick up trash. Check with your local council for sign up details!

Can’t make it to the trail or just prefer to lend a hand virtually? No problem! You can choose to opt-out of any in-person offerings and explore state parks online. To help you discover the magic from home, we’ve created a special interactive map.

Share! We Want to Hear from You.

Share your state park adventures with us! Tag your posts on Instagram with @girlscouts and @thorindustries and use #GSLoveStateParks and #PickUpAmerica.