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Outdoor Resources

Get outdoors! Almost every neighborhood in San Diego has parks, canyons and trails ideal for nature walks. Many San Diego area resources are found below, and even more neighborhood-specific listings can be found on our Nearby Nature page.

Getting ready to hit the trail? Review these guidelines provided by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to minimize impacts to these outdoor areas and fellow visitors.

Explore Outdoor Badges and Journeys

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

Girl Scouts Badge Explorer: Preview all badges and Journeys or find badges and Journeys specific to outdoors on the GSUSA Badge Explorer.

  1. Choose your grade level from the "Grade Levels" drop-down menu.
  2. Choose "Outdoors" from the "Topics" drop-down menu.
  3. Click the "Create PDF" button.
  4. Choose "Add All to PDF" and "Generate PDF" to download a document outlining the requirements for each.

Find more details about the It’s Your Planet—Love It! Journeys for all levels.

Hiking and Backpacking: Girl Scouts San Diego offers regular opportunities for outdoor adventure at all levels! Designed for individuals, our three-step wilderness progression safely takes girls and adults out of the campground and into the woods.

Community Partner Offerings: Our approved community partners are organizations approved by Girl Scouts San Diego to offer events, opportunities, and services based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Get Up and Go Outside: Leader-led activities with Brownies and Juniors.

Program-level Happenings

Check out the Girl Scout Happenings pages for each program level.

  • Daisies
  • Brownies
  • Juniors
  • Cadettes
  • Seniors
  • Ambassadors
Other Resources
Local Hikes

Our backpacking trainers are rolling out this series of self-guided hikes for GSSD families to help girls and adults stay active outdoors. Beginner hikes are for all ages and experience levels and more challenging options are for older Girl Scouts. Make a habit of getting outdoors, and remember you can complete (or repeat) any of the hikes at any time. Each trail description is complete with everything you need to know to complete the hike with your Girl Scout!

Easy Hikes
Rancho Peñasquitos Canyon
Poway Lake Loop

Challenging Hikes
Cuyamaca Hike
Laguna PCT
Morena Buttes
Hollenbeck Canyon

Maps and Trails
Take Action and Service Learning Projects
Camp Trails at Winacka and Whispering Oaks

GSSD Camp Map and Guides

Council-Led Outdoor Programs: Join other San Diego troops for fun overnights and outdoor experiences.

Service Unit Encampments: Participate in a Service Unit encampment event.

Troop Camping: Take your own troop to one of our camp properties.

Videos and Books



  • Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors, 2016
  • Afoot and Afield in San Diego, by Jerry Schad and Scott Turner, 2017. with 280 hikes
  • Take a Hike:  A Guide to 260 Trails in San Diego County, by Priscilla Lister, 2016
  • 60 Hikes Within 60 miles of San Diego, by Sheri McGregor, 2016
Guided Nature Walks and Badge Workshops

The Natural History Museum docents host free Canyoneer Walks.

Local nature education organizations and naturalists offer badge workshops at troop meetings, service unit events, and council locations. Check out our Community Partner listings. Examples include the Brownie Hiker badge and Junior badges for Flowers (adapted for native plants) and Animal Habitats.

Volunteers like Anne Fege offer outdoor trainings and programming.