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Outdoor Journeys and Badges

Whether you're looking to explore your backyard or the backcountry, Girl Scouts outdoor journeys and badges will strengthen girls’ outdoor skills and ignite their interest in environmental stewardship. Girl Scouts has a long, successful history of getting girls outdoors to create adventure and develop a lifelong appreciation for nature.

Outdoor Badges and Journeys

Daisy Badges and Journey
Daisy Outdoor Journey

Complete the Buddy Camper badge, Outdoor Art Maker badge, and a Take Action Project.


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Daisy Buddy Camper

Camping is an adventure! You play in nature, eat outside, and sleep under the stars with your family or buddies - your buddies could be the girls in your troop, or other friends. Are you ready to go camping?

  1. Help plan a camping trip
  2. Help pack for your trip
  3. Go camping

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to go camping—at a campsite or in a back yard—with my family or friends. 


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Daisy Outdoor Art Maker

From a blue sky to a bird’s song, nature can give you lots of ideas for art! Get ready to explore the outdoors and use what you see and hear to make different kinds of art projects.

  1. See the colors of nature
  2. Hear the sounds of nature
  3. Share your outdoor art

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to look at nature like an artist and make my own outdoor art.

Brownie Badges and Journey
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Brownie Outdoor Journey

Complete the First Aid badge, Cabin Camper badge (below), Hiker badge (below), and a Take Action Project.


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Brownie Cabin Camper

There’s nothing quite like camping—it’s a chance to spend time in nature and have fun with your friends or family. Every camping trip is a new adventure. Get ready to plan a camping adventure with your Girl Scout friends or family members!

  1. Help plan your camping trip
  2. Learn about camping gear
  3. Prepare a camp meal
  4. Learn a new camping skill
  5. Go camping!

When I’ve earned this badge, I will know how to plan a camping trip and stay overnight in a cabin* with my friends or family. 

*If you don’t have a cabin to use, that’s ok! You can sleep in a tent instead.


Brownie_Hiker
Brownie Hiker

Girl Scouts love to sing hiking songs, pack fun and tasty snacks, and hunt for sounds of animals and birds. Here's what you need to know to become a Brownie hiker—get ready for adventure!

 

  1. Decide where to go
  2. Try out a hiking skill
  3. Pick the right gear
  4. Pack a snack for energy
  5. Go on your hike!

When I've earned this badge, I'll know how to hit the trail for a hike.

This badge comes in a packet that includes the Potter, Household Elf, Senses, Hiker, and My Great Day badges.


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Brownie Bugs

Bugs help us in lots of cool ways. Explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.

 

  1. Draw a bug poster
  2. Try a bug craft
  3. See bugs in action
  4. Explore bug homes
  5. Take a bug field trip

When I've earned this badge, I'll know all about bugs.  This is a “naturalist” badge.


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Brownie Outdoor Adventurer

What happens when you invite a friend to climb the tallest hill you can find, or buddy up to take a walk around your neighborhood at night? What do you see? What do you hear? There are so many amazing adventures waiting for you. So hang on, jump in, and get ready to explore the great outdoors!

  1. Play outdoors in a new way
  2. Explore nature
  3. Buddy up and play outdoor games
  4. Learn a camp skill
  5. Care for the outdoors

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll have tried a lot of new things outdoors and learned which activities I want to do again. This is one of the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges.


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Brownie Outdoor Art Creator

As an artist, you can walk outside and see colors, shapes, and ideas for things you want to create. Find out how you can make your own art outdoors and have fun doing it!

 

  1. Find art ideas outdoors
  2. Make something!
  3. Dance or make music outdoors
  4. Be a nature photographer
  5. Design with nature

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to do different kinds of fun art projects outdoors.

Junior Badges and Journey
Junior Outdoor Journey

Complete the Animal Habitats badge (below), Camper badge (below), Eco Camper badge (below), and a Take Action Project.


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Junior Animal Habitats

Imagine meeting a monkey or kicking up dust with a kangaroo. These animals live in the wild, so we don't get to spend time with them in their natural homes—their habitats. But that doesn't mean we can't find out more about where they live, how they play, and how we can help them!

  1. Find out about wild animals
  2. Investigate an animal habitat
  3. Create an animal house
  4. Explore endangered habitats
  5. Help protect animal habitats

When I've earned this badge, I will know more about wild animals and how to protect their homes.

This badge comes in a packet that includes the Geocacher, Animal Habitats, Playing the Past, Product Designer, and Social Butterfly badges.


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Junior Camper

An overnight trip in the great outdoors brings you closer to nature—and to your Girl Scout sisters. In this badge, plan a camping adventure! You might watch a sky full of stars, cook a meal on a stick, or share silly stories around the campfire. And you'll definitely learn some new outdoor skills as you take part in this favorite Girl Scout tradition.

  1. Start planning your adventure
  2. Gain a new camping skill
  3. Find your inner camp chef
  4. Try a new activity

Head out on your trip -- and have some nighttime fun!

When I've earned this badge, I'll know how to have a great overnight camping trip at a campsite or cabin.


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Junior Eco-Camper

Whenever you step outdoors, you are a guest in nature’s home. This is especially true when it comes to camping. Whether or not you’ve been camping before, you will earn this badge by learning how to protect the environment on your trip. It will shape the way you camp forever!

  1. Learn the Leave No Trace Seven Principles
  2. Plan meals with the environment in mind
  3. Prepare a minimal impact campsite
  4. Have fun with Leave No Trace
  5. Take a conservation hike

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll have learned skills for minimal impact camping and know how to protect the environment when I go outdoors.


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Junior Flowers

Local badge adaptations feature native flowers and plants.

 

 

  1. Uncover the science of one flower
  2. Look for the leaves
  3. Find out how flowers help people
  4. Have fun with flowers
  5. Notice differences
  6. Share a native plant with a friend (optional). 

When I've earned this badge, I'll know all that's wonderful and important about native plants.  This is a “naturalist” badge.


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Junior Gardener

Creating a bright bouquet of fresh flowers, making a dish with garden-fresh herbs, growing a little green cheer inside with houseplants—these are all things a gardener gets to do. In this badge, dig your hands into the earth and spend time with soil, water, and sunlight to find out how to help life grow from a tiny seed. You can make your own garden—no matter where you live.

  1. Visit a garden
  2. Explore garden design
  3. Learn how to choose garden plants
  4. Experiment with seeds
  5. Grow your own garden

When I've earned this badge, I'll know how to help plants and flowers grow.

This badge comes in a packet that includes the Jeweler, Gardener, Detective, Camper, and Independence badges.


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Junior Geocacher

Geocaching is your chance to be part global explorer, part detective. You'll search for treasure chests, called "geocaches," using a device called a GPS receiver to find each chest's secret hiding place. Get ready for a thrilling adventure!

 

  1. Prepare for your adventure
  2. Learn to use a GPS receiver
  3. Make a trade item
  4. Go on a geocaching adventure
  5. Take part in a bug's travels!

When I've earned this badge, I'll know how to have a geocaching adventure.

This badge comes in a packet that includes the Geocacher, Animal Habitats, Playing the Past, Product Designer, and Social Butterfly badges.


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Junior Horseback Riding

Riding a horse is one of the most exciting things you can do. But ask any good horseback rider her secret to success and she’ll say that understanding a horse is as important as learning to ride one. Get clued in to horses, and get ready to ride!

 

  1. Know the basics of horseback riding
  2. Take care of a horse and learn about safety
  3. Prepare for your ride
  4. Practice your ride
  5. Go for a ride

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know what it takes to be a good rider—from understanding horse body language to controlling the horse’s speed while I’m riding. This is one of the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges.


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Junior Outdoor Art Explorer

From murals on buildings to oil paintings of landscapes, art and the outdoors go hand in hand. Let nature be your inspiration as you explore, create, and design different kinds of art.

 

  1. Explore outdoor art
  2. Make something!
  3. Find music in nature
  4. Be a nature photographer
  5. Design with nature

When I’ve earned this badge, I will know how to find the art  in nature and create my own  outdoor artwork.

Cadette Badges and Journey
Cadette Outdoor Journey

Complete the Night Owl badge (below), Outdoor Primitive Camper badge (below), Trailblazing badge (below), and a Take Action Project.


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Cadette Night Owl

Night has captured the imagination since the dawn of time. But with modern-day electricity, it's easy to overlook the mysteries and beauty of the world after the sun goes down. So grow your imagination and expand what you know (or think you know!). Turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out in to the night.

  1. Take a field trip to explore the night
  2. Tour your world after dark
  3. Meet people who work night hours
  4. Explore nature at night
  5. Host an Extreme Nighttime Party

When I've earned this badge, I'll have uncovered the mysteries of the world after dark.  This badge comes in a packet that includes the Night Owl, Animal Helpers, Field Day, Entrepreneur, and Netiquette badges.


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Cadette Outdoor Primitive Camper

Primitive camping can be a challenge, even for experienced campers. Get ready to step up your outdoor skills, get out into nature, and make extra-special memories on a primitive camping trip.

 

  1. Plan a primitive camping trip
  2. Prepare your gear
  3. Make a camp meal
  4. Learn a new primitive camping skill
  5. Go camping

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll have planned and gone on a primitive camping trip with a group of Girl Scouts or family members. 


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Cadette Trailblazing

Join in a favorite Girl Scout adventure! Head for the backcountry, where you'll explore nature and challenge your body on a trailblazing trek. In this badge, you'll stay at least one night at a backwoods or primitive site, so get ready to learn some new outdoor skills while you share fresh-air fun and games with your Girl Scout sisters.

  1. Start planning your adventure
  2. Get your body and your teamwork skills ready
  3. Create your menu
  4. Gain some trailblazing know-how
  5. Head out on the trail

When I've earned this badge, I'll know how to take a safe and fun overnight backpacking trip.

This badge comes in a packet that includes the Book Artist, Woodworker, Special Agent, Trailblazing, and Babysitter badges.


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Cadette Archery

Picture this: You nock (or place) an arrow onto a bow, hook your fingers around the string, draw it back, eye your target, and release! Bull’s-eye! Archery is an exciting sport that takes strength, focus, good form, and practice. Get ready to challenge yourself as you build your archery skills and learn how to shoot on a range.

  1. Get to know archery equipment
  2. Learn about archery safety
  3. Practice archery before you  go on a range
  4. Shoot on an archery range
  5. Create an archery challenge

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll  know how to take aim outdoors  with my archery skills. Made possible by a generous grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project.  This is one of the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges.


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Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice

Being outside in nature is a great way to spark your   creativity. Some of our greatest works of art are inspired by nature—from early on, cave people drew pictures of sunsets, the sky, animals, and trees. Get ready to observe and collect things outdoors that will drive your art and creativity—from colors and patterns to landscapes and wildlife.

  1. Explore art outdoors
  2. Make something!
  3. Get to know—and  create—sounds of nature
  4. Be a nature photographer
  5. Design with nature.

Purpose When I’ve earned this badge, I will have been inspired outdoors and created nature-themed art.


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Cadette Trees  

Grab your naturalist hat and get ready to get to know trees—from the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber. To know trees is to love them.

 

 

  1. Try some tree fun
  2. Dig into the amazing science of trees
  3. Make a creative project starring trees
  4. Explore the connection between people and trees
  5. Help trees thrive

When I've earned this badge, I'll have gone to the root of what trees are all about -- and branched out as a naturalist. This is a “naturalist” badge.

Senior Badges and Journey
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Senior Outdoor Journey

Complete the First Aid badge, Adventure Camper badge (below), Sky badge (below), and a Take Action Project.


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Senior Adventure Camper

When you plan an adventure, like kayaking, mountain biking or rock climbing, you can combine it with overnight camping to make the most of your outdoor experience. Adventure camping requires minimal equipment and gear because you’ll be active during the day and possibly moving campsites. Some adventure campers bring nothing but a sleeping bag, lightweight stove, some food, and a backpack. Whatever spells adventure for you, start by listing the things you want to do—then make your camping trip happen!

  1. Plan your adventure camping trip
  2. Gather your camping gear
  3. Plan and prepare your trip meals
  4. Use a camping skill on your trip
  5. Go adventure camping

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll have planned and gone on a camping trip with a group of Girl Scouts or family members that includes adventure activities.


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Senior Sky  

The sky is a masterpiece. Every day it graces us with living art, whether through a glorious sunset, shifting cloud formations, or the stunning display of night stars. No wonder we take every opportunity to spend time outdoors. Our world is a stage, and the sky performs with beauty, wonder, and mystery.

  1. Watch the skies
  2. Investigate the science of the skies
  3. Explore the connection between people and flight
  4. Help clear sky pollution
  5. Create sky art

When I've earned this badge, I'll understand the sky -- from science to stars to stories.


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Senior Adventurer   

What kind of adventure speaks to you? In this badge, you'll go on a multiday high-adventure challenge. You could go rock climbing, spelunking, ice caving, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, biking, rafting—or a combination! Put your outdoor skills to the test—and gain some new ones—as you become a Girl Scout Senior Adventurer.

  1. Enhance your adventure
  2. Get in the team spirit -- and refine your teamwork
  3. Know your gear
  4. Plan your service to the great outdoors
  5. Capture the adventure

When I've earned this badge, I'll know how to go on a multiday outdoor adventure trip with friends and Girl Scout sisters.

This badge comes in a packet that includes the Textile Artist, Room Makeover, Truth Seeker, Adventurer, and Car Care badges.


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Senior Outdoor Art Expert

Get ready to become an outdoor artist as you connect with nature and create something helpful to the environment. You’ll learn how to see nature with an artist’s eye and find ways to express yourself—from photography and painting to music, jewelry design, and architecture. Go outside to find art—it doesn’t just exist within the four walls of a museum.

  1. Explore art outdoors
  2. Make something!
  3. Create or share music inspired by nature
  4. Capture nature digitally
  5. Design outdoors

When I’ve earned this badge, I will have learned how to create  art outdoors with a focus  on the environment


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Senior Paddling 

Paddling takes a mix of knowledge and skills, and a dash of daring. It also delivers one of the most unforgettable experiences you’ll ever have on water. In this badge, there are three paddling activities to choose from: canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. Pick one and jump in!

  1. Explore the three paddling sports
  2. Learn paddling safety
  3. Practice paddling techniques
  4. Go on a short paddling adventure
  5. Take your paddling skills to the next level

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll have paddling skills and know how to be safe—and have  fun—on the water.  This is one of the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges.

Ambassador Badges and Journeys
Ambassador Outdoor Journey

Complete the Outdoor Art Master badge (below), Survival Camper badge (below), Water badge (below), and a Take Action Project.


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Ambassador Outdoor Art Master

Whether you’re new to Girl Scouts or have been in it forever, you’ve probably spent a lot of time exploring the outdoors and a lot of time making art. This is your chance to bring art and the outdoors together—to get inspired by the beauty in nature and use that inspiration to get creative. Roll up your sleeves and dive in!

  1. Explore outdoor art
  2. Make something!
  3. Find music in nature
  4. Be a nature photographer
  5. Design with nature

When I’ve earned this badge, I will have explored nature and created several different kinds of outdoor-themed art.


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Ambassador Survival Camper

If you've ever imagined going off the grid and going back to the land, this is your chance! Survival camping is the ultimate camping adventure. Are you ready to test your skills with limited supplies—and have an unforgettable experience with your camping crew? Let’s go!

  1. Plan a survival camping trip
  2. Gather your gear
  3. Plan and prepare your trip meals
  4. Learn a survival camp skill
  5. Go camping

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll have planned and gone on a survival camping trip with a group of Girl Scouts or family members.


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Ambassador Water Badge

Water surrounds us, sometimes in such quantities that we forget how precious it is. Water is familiar and it’s mysterious. It exists as a liquid, solid, or gas. It falls from the sky and exists deep within the earth. Water can nourish us and challenge us. In this badge, experience the bliss of a clear liquid solution known scientifically as H2O.

  1. Have fun reflecting on your relationship with water
  2. Celebrate water art -- and create your own
  3. Find out about water issues
  4. Explore water solutions 
  5. Educate and inspire

When I've earned this badge, I'll have dived deep into water -- from its scientific origins to the joy of splashing around.  This is a “naturalist” badge.


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Ambassador Ultimate Recreation Challenge

You’re at the peak of your exciting Girl Scouting career and ready to do something big. You’re no stranger to the outdoors—you’ve been camping, hiking, canoeing—but the Ultimate Recreation Challenge is a chance to deepen your experiences. You’ll go on five adventures where you can step up your outdoor skills and do awe-inspiring things you’ve never done. You decide what you’ll do, where you’ll go, and what your goals will be. And there’s no race to earn this badge! Take time to savor each adventure—and to create the stories you’ll be telling for a lifetime.

  1. Experience an ultimate adventure on a trail
  2. Take the ultimate camping trip
  3. Dive into an ultimate water adventure
  4. Go on the ultimate offbeat adventure
  5. Do an ultimate recreation challenge unique to your area

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll have planned and taken five adventures that transformed and challenged me.  This is one of the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges.

Environmental Journeys

 

Find descriptions of all Girl Scout badges on the GSUSA website where you can search by age group and type of badge.