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Additional Awards

Outdoor Awards - Juniors through Ambassadors
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New for summer 2019!

Pair your Girl Scout Journeys and badges with outdoor and skill-building experiences to earn this brand-new collection of Outdoor Awards! 

 

 

Outdoor Awards Categories: Camping, Hiking, Aquatics, Conservation, Riding, Adventure, and Service to Outdoors. Each award can also be earned by adult members! 

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To track your progress through the Outdoor Awards, you can print specific pages of the Outdoor Awards Journal using this printer-friendly PDF. Hard copies of the Outdoor Awards Journal will be available soon—stay tuned!

This awards program is generously supported by a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

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Camping.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Complete a Camping skill-building badge for your program level:
    Junior—Camper
    Cadette—Primitive Camper
    Senior— Adventure Camper
    Ambassador—Survival Camper
  4. Complete 25 nights of camping—including six consecutive days (five nights) of camping at a Girl Scout resident camp. A minimum of 15 nights must be tent camping.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 nights of camping. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 nights of camping. A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of nights camping.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor.
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Camping.
  5. Complete 25 nights of camping. A minimum of 15 nights must be tent camping.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 nights of camping. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 nights of camping. An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of nights camping.

Hiking.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Earn the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Complete a Camping skill-building badge for your program level:
    Junior—Eco Camper or Geocacher
    Cadette—Trailblazing or Eco Trekker
    Senior—Adventure Camper
    Ambassador—Survival Camper
  4. Complete 100 miles of hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 50 miles hiked, backpacked, snowshoed, or skied. A gold pin is earned for each additional 200 miles of hiking. A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of miles hiking.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor. 
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop earning the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Hiking.
  5. Complete 100 miles of hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 50 miles hiked, backpacked, snowshoed, or skied. A gold pin is earned for each additional 200 miles of hiking. An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of miles hiking.

Aquatics.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Complete a one-mile swim. Date: Location:
  4. Complete one of the following:
    • Red Cross Basic Water Rescue Course
    • Red Cross Small Craft or American Canoe Association Course
    • An approved lifeguard course (Must be at least 15 years old at time of course)
  5. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time in one of the following activities: swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba diving, small-boat sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, or whitewater activity.
  6. Complete an additional 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba diving, small-boat sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, or whitewater activity.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatics activity listed in the last two requirements. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatics activity. A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of hours of aquatics activity.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor.
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Aquatics.
  5. Complete one of the following:
    • Red Cross Small Craft or American Canoe Association Course
    • An approved lifeguard course
  6. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time in one of the following activities: swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba diving, small-boat sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, or whitewater activity.
  7. Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba, small-boat sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, or whitewater activity.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatics activity listed in the last two requirements. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatics activity. An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of hours of aquatics activity.

Conservation. 

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Demonstrate the safe use of five of the following conservation tools and discuss the ethical use for each tool chosen:
    • pick/pickaxe
    • bow saw
    • sledge hammer
    • fire rake/McLeod
    • shovel/spade
    • cross-cut saw
    • loppers or shears
    • Pulaski
    • ax
    • prybar
  4. Complete the following skill-building badge for your program level:
    Junior—Eco Camper
    Cadette—Eco Trekker
    Senior—Eco Explorer
  5. Ambassador—Eco Advocate
  6. Complete 25 hours of conservation work, including 10 hours of conservation work at a Girl Scout camp property under the direction of the camp ranger. Projects can be completed at city, county, state, or national parks or forests; on Girl Scout camp properties; or with a government or conservation agency project.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 hours of conservation work. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 hours of conservation work (for example, the first silver pin is earned at 50 total hours of conservation work). A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of hours of conservation work.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor. 
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Conservation.
  5. Complete 25 hours of conservation work, including 10 hours of conservation work at a Girl Scout camp property under the direction of the camp ranger.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 hours of conservation work. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 hours of conservation work (for example, the first silver pin is earned at 50 total hours of conservation work). An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of hours of conservation work.

Riding.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Complete the requirements for at least one of the following:
    • 100 miles of cycling or mountain biking
    • 30 miles of horseback riding
    • 100 miles of motor boat activity
    • 30 miles of skating (ice skating, rollerblading, skateboarding, or roller skating)
    • 30 miles of mountain boarding
    • 50 miles of downhill skiing or snowboarding
  4. Complete at least 200 miles of any combination of riding activities, including cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, motor boating, skating, mountain boarding, downhill skiing, or snowboarding, including the miles in the previousrequirement.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding in any riding activity. A gold pin is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding. A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of miles of riding.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor. 
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Riding.
  5. Complete the requirements for at least one of the following:
    • 100 miles of cycling or mountain biking
    • 30 miles of horseback riding
    • 100 miles of motor boating
    • 30 miles of skating (ice skating, rollerblading, skateboarding, or roller skating)
    • 30 miles of mountain boarding
    • 50 miles of downhill skiing or snowboarding
  6. Complete at least 200 miles of any combination of riding activities, including cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, motor boating, skating, mountain boarding, downhill skiing, or snowboarding, including the miles in the previous requirement.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding in any riding activity. A gold pin is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding. An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of miles of riding.

Adventure.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Complete at least two of the following skill-building badges for your program level:
    Junior:
    • Animal Habitat
    • Eco Camper
    • Horseback Riding
    • Flowers
    • Camper
    • Geocacher
    • Outdoor Art Explorer
    • Gardener
    Cadette:
    • Animal Helpers
    • Trailblazing
    • Eco Trekker
    • Night Owl
    • Archery
    • Outdoor Art Apprentice
    • Primitive Camper
    • Trees
    Senior:
    • Adventure Camper
    • Cross Training
    • Outdoor Art Expert
    • Sky
    • Adventurer
    • Eco Explorer
    • Paddling
    • Voice for Animals
    Ambassador:
    • Eco Advocate
    • Survival Camper
    • Ultimate Recreation Challenge
    • Outdoor Art Master
    • Water
  4. Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities:
    • Take four (4) day hikes of at least four miles each.
    • Go on a backpacking trip lasting at least three days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply.
    • Take a canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food resupply.
    • Go on a whitewater trip lasting at least two days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply.
    • Participate in a climbing activity on open rock, that includes at least two nights of camping.
    • Find 50 geocaches.
    • Spend 10 hours participating in shooting sports (archery, rifle, or shotgun).
    • Attend a council-sponsored Girl Scout resident camp session of at least six days.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional five activities. A gold pin is earned for each additional 20 activities. A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of activities.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor. 
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least one girl earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Adventure.
  5. Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities:
    • Take four (4) day hikes of at least four miles each.
    • Go on a backpacking trip lasting at least three days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply.
    • Take a canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food resupply.
    • Go on a whitewater trip lasting at least two days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply.
    • Participate in a climbing activity on open rock, that includes at least two nights of camping.
    • Attend a Girl Scout Outdoor Training Summit.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional five activities. A gold pin is earned for each additional 20 activities. An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of activities.

Service to Outdoors.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Demonstrate the safe use of the tools you will be using to complete projects. Discuss the ethical use of the tools you chose.
  4. Complete at least two of the following skill-building badges for your program level:
    Junior:
    • Animal Habitat
    • Eco Camper
    • Horseback Riding
    • Flowers
    • Camper
    • Geocacher
    • Outdoor Art Explorer
    • Gardener
    Cadette:
    • Animal Helpers
    • Trailblazing
    • Eco Trekker
    • Night Owl
    • Archery
    • Outdoor Art Apprentice
    • Primitive Camper
    • Trees
    Senior:
    • Adventure Camper
    • Cross Training
    • Outdoor Art Expert
    • Sky
    • Adventurer
    • Eco Explorer
    • Paddling
    • Voice for Animals
    Ambassador:
    • Eco Advocate
    • Survival Camper
    • Ultimate Recreation Challenge
    • Outdoor Art Master
    • Water
  5. Complete 35 hours of service to outdoors work, including 15 hours of service to outdoors work at a Girl Scout camp property under the direction of the camp ranger. Service to outdoors work can include activities like clearing trails, cleanup projects, building projects, or running outdoor programs for younger participants. Projects can be completed at city, county, state, and national parks or forests or on Girl Scout camp properties.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 35 hours of service to outdoors work. A gold pin may be earned for each additional 140 hours of service to outdoors work (for example, the first gold pin is earned at 175 total hours of service to outdoors work). A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of hours of service to outdoors work.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor. 
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Service to Outdoors.
  5. Complete 35 hours of service to outdoors work, including 15 hours of service to outdoors work at a Girl Scout camp property under the direction of the camp ranger. Service to outdoors work can include activities like clearing trails, cleanup projects, building projects, running outdoor programs for younger participants. Projects can be completed at city, county, state, and national parks or forests or on Girl Scout camp properties.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 35 hours of service to outdoors work. A gold pin is earned for each additional 140 hours of service to outdoors work (for example, the first gold pin is earned at 175 total hours of service to outdoors work). An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of hours of service to outdoors work.

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To get started tracking your progress through the Outdoor Awards, you can print specific pages of the Outdoor Awards Journal using this printer-friendly PDF. Hard copies of the Outdoor Awards Journal will be available soon—stay tuned!

Leader in Action (LiA) - Cadettes


Cadettes can earn a Leader in Action (LiA) award by assisting a Brownie group on any of their National Leadership Journeys. More information about earning this award is available in the Girls' Guide to Girl Scouting.


Program Aide - Cadettes

Have you always wanted to be a mentor to younger girls? Do you want to be a role model and inspiration--and to have a lasting impact in a girl's life? Girl Scout Cadettes have exciting opportunities to share their skills, passions, and experience with younger Girl Scouts! As a Program Aide, you'll develop your leadership skills, learn age level communication techniques, and tips for planning and leading activities for younger girls.

To become a Program Aide:

1. Earn a LiA (Leader in Action) Award. 

2. Complete the Program Aide Training. The training includes leadership training and learning to work with children. To find upcoming tranings, check out Activities calendar, or contact Amber Carson at acarson@gswpa.org to arrange a training.

3. Work directly with younger Girl Scouts over six activity sessions to complete 25 internship hours. How this happens for each girl may vary. This can be assisting girls on Journey activites (in addition to what you have already done for your LiA), badge activites, troop meetings, or other activites. You can also help out at day camps. Join the Program Aide Network and GSWPA will contact you when Program Aide opportunities are available. 



Counselors-in-Training - Seniors & Ambassadors

As seasoned Girl Scouts, Seniors and Ambassadors have exciting opportunities to mentor younger girls in a camp setting and build skills toward becoming a camp counselor.

Both Seniors and Ambassadors can earn the Counselor-in-Training I award by taking a leadership course on outdoor experiences and working with younger girls over the course of a camp session through a CIT session at a GSWPA resident camp. Once the CIT I award is completed, Ambassadors can earn the Counselor-in-Training II award by continuing to build their skills and focusing on a specific area, like riding instruction, lifeguarding or the arts. Steps to earning both awards are outlined in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.