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Our Outdoor Impact

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Outdoor experiences aren't just for boys. 


When Girl Scouts get outside, they:

  • Discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges.
  • Develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall.
  • Become team players and care more about protecting our environment.

When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Many Girl Scouts tell us “camping trips” are one of the best things about their Girl Scout experience. It’s true: connecting with nature in a girl-led setting is a big benefit of belonging to Girl Scouts. 

The top 10 most enjoyed outdoor experiences for Girl Scouts are:

  1. Camping
  2. Playing Outdoors
  3. Outdoor Field Trips
  4. Swimming Outdoors
  5. Outdoor Cooking
  6. Horseback Riding
  7. Archery
  8. Walking Outdoors
  9. Environmental Volunteering
  10. Canoeing and Kayaking

*All data pulled from More than Smores, 2014 and The Girl Scout Impact Study, 2017, GSRI


of girls first tried an outdoor activity in girl scouts.


of girls said camping was their most memorable outdoor experience.


of girls said they enjoyed all of the girl scout outdoor activities a lot. 

1 in 2

girls wouldn't have been able to do an outdoor activity without girl scouts.


of girls said they've done 1 outdoor program with girl scouts last year.

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Outdoors Matters

Skill-building, Collaboration, and Respect for Nature are all derivatives of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in the outdoors. 


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