Friday, October 23, 2015

Get Outdoors!

Have you been outside yet?

Fall is officially here, and that means that the heat wave has gone and the weather is cool! What better way to celebrate the change of the season than to be outdoors with your troop?

Our national research has found that Girl Scouts who have monthly outdoor experiences really see a difference. They are stronger problem solvers, better challenge seekers, and are more likely to recommend Girl Scouts to their friends. So, Troop Leaders and volunteers: get outdoors!

A scenic view of the lake at Camp Laurel in Lebanon, CT

As a city girl, having the opportunity to explore the outdoors is essential to me. Each summer, I unplug from the busy world and make my way to Camp Laurel in Lebanon to participate in Camp CEO. This is where I and female executives from around the state experience the great outdoors and the ultimate camping experience with Girl Scouts across the state. 

In a world of smart phones and screens, it’s good to get away from it all. During that weekend both groups are able to hike, canoe, kayak, and sit around a campfire making s’mores and sharing stories and forming lifelong relationships. I know the women who attend enjoy the experience just as much as the girls and we all come away with fresh perspectives, new skills, and valued friendships.

So, put away those electronic devices and soak in all of the gorgeous fall foliage on a camping trip. Breathe in the fresh air!! Camping helps girls build outdoor skills, including building a campfire, pitching a tent, outdoor cooking, and basic outdoor survival skills.

Whether it is rock climbing, horseback riding, archery, or canoeing on a beautiful lake,  or just doing an outdoor activity, girls will find that they gained a stronger sense of self, self confidence and self esteem, and a stronger bond with their fellow Girl Scouts. So, get outdoors today, and discover what Mother Nature has to offer!  

Yours in Girl Scouting, 

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