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Camp and Outdoors

You live in a world of screens—smartphone! laptop! TV! tablet!—and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. That’s why you can focus your whole Girl Scout experience on getting outdoors.

Is she ready to get outdoors? We're ready to help her soar!


You’ll develop the kind of outdoor skills it’s hard to get anywhere else. Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent, or canoeing across a lake.

Hey, how about adding some horseback riding, climbing, and archery to the mix? Round things out with a ropes course, some zip lining, and maybe a week-long back-country trek, and you’ll find out how much fun it can be to unplug and explore the world around you.

Girl Scout Outdoor Awards Program 

Pair your Girl Scout Journeys and badges with outdoor and skill-building experiences to earn this brand-new collection of Outdoor AwardsCampingHikingAquaticsConservationRidingAdventure, and Service to Outdoors. Each award can also be earn by adult members!

While you’re at camp and outside enjoying the beauty of nature, track your accomplishments while you’re conquering things like:

» 25 hours of conservation work
» 25 nights of camping
» 100 miles of hiking
» 25 hours of water activities
» 50 miles of canoeing, kayaking or sailing
» 10 hours of shooting sports (archery, rifle, or shotgun)
» 50 geocaches
» 35 hours of service outdoors and at camp

The Girl Scout Outdoor Awards Program is for Junior-Ambassador Girl Scouts and adult members. Become more adventurous. Skilled. Independent. Capable. Impactful.

Think you’re ready to take it on? We think so, too! All of the details and requirements for each award can be found under Additional Awards

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


We have four amazing camps across western Pennsylvania, and just like our Girl Scouts, every one is different and has its own unique personality special qualities. So, every girl will find a GSWPA camp that's as awesome as she is--whatever her interests, age or level of outdoor experience.

Get Outdoors! 

GSWPA is one of eight Girl Scout councils from across the country to benefit from a $766,500 grant from the Richard K. Mellon Foundation aimed at getting more girls outdoors.

The funding will maintain the momentum initiated by the Richard King Mellon Foundation grant that GSWPA received in 2016. The funds will support the continued collaboration between GSWPA and the Student Conservation Association (SCA). 

The Girl Scout councils and SCA developed an all-Girl Scout project crew of 8-10 girls who travelled to Olympic National Forest in Washington State for two weeks from July 29-August 11, 2018, during which they completed environmental service projects and learned about ecology and preserving habitats. 


Lizzie Foster, an Ambassador Girl Scout from Harrisville, had the outdoor experience of a lifetime as part of an all-Girl Scout crew with the SCA in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State. 

Read more about Lizzie


GSWPA Ambassador Lyndsey Butler of Evans City also joined the all-Girl Scout crew with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State. 

Read more about Lyndsey