Exploring the outdoors has been an important part of Girl Scouting since the very beginning, so why not celebrate Great Outdoors Month for the entire month of June?!
Girl Scouts has a long history of getting girls outdoors. However, parental protectiveness, increased device use, and a host of structured activities competing for children’s time have led to girls spending less and less time outside. We also help girls connect with and care for the environment, and research has shown that camping experiences create memories and build leadership.
Perfect timing! Because our first session of Summer Camp begins on June 11. Four sessions of camp are held throughout June and July, giving girls chances to try new things and make new friends.
Summer camp is one of the last remaining places a girl can go without feeling pressured to be someone else. If she’s serious and reserved, she can be silly and outgoing at camp, because there are no expectations for her to be anyone or do anything. There aren’t many places left like that in the world for anyone to go – let alone girls.
Being outside gives girls the change to develop important skills like challenge seeking and problem solving. It lets girls try activities for the first time, help each other overcome fears, and improve on existing outdoor skills. They interact with adults who want to see them succeed, and make friends they might not have otherwise met.
It’s the time for you to celebrate the natural wonder and outdoor spirit of America – so start planning your adventures now.
If your girl didn’t get a spot at camp this year – that’s okay! There are other fun things to try all month long. Try celebrating one of these days:
- June 3: National Trails Day
- June 3-11: National Fishing and Boating Week
- June 10: National Get Outdoors Day
- June 16: Great Outdoors Day of Service
- June 25-25: Get Into Your Sanctuary Days
- All summer: Great American Campout
Also, make sure to check out some of the awesome events put on by GSCSA program partners. There’s day camps, camporees, badge days, and more! Check out online Activities calendar for the full details.
- June 3: Girl Scouts Archery Day / Bristol, TN (reg. ends 5/31)
- June 5-9: Farm Day Camp: Lil Sprouts 1 / Greeneville (reg. ends 6/2)
- June 12-16: Farm Day Camp: Lil Sprouts 2 / Greeneville (reg. ends 6/9)
- June 12-15: DIY Day Camp / Johnson City (reg, ends 6/8)
- June 17: Girl Scout Fun Day at Holston Camp / Banner Elk, NC (reg. ends 6/10)
- June 19-23: Farm Day Camp: Farm Explorers 1 / Greeneville (reg. ends 6/16)
- June 24: Find your Niche Badge Day / Marion, VA
- June 24-25: Great American Campout / Marion, VA (reg. ends 6/1)
- June 26-30: Farm Day Camp: Farm Explorers 2 / Greeneville (reg. ends 6/23)
You can also contact any of these partners on your own to set up outdoor skills classes and/or adventures! Check out the details online of what each partner offers.
- Adventures Unlimited: Paddle the Hiwassee / Ocoee, TN
- Appalachian Caverns / Blountville, TN
- Cabela’s / Fort Oglethorpe, GA
- Camp Wesley Woods / Townsend, TN
- Chattanooga Audubon Society / Chattanooga
- Chattanooga Zoo / Chattanooga
- Five Oaks Stables / Sevierville, TN
- Girls Outside / Knoxville
- Gander Mountain / Knoxville
- The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center / Townsend, TN
- Hungry Mother Adventures Zip Line Tour / Marion, VA
- Ijams Nature Center / Knoxville
- Island in Pigeon Forge / Pigeon Forge, TN
- Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum / Knoxville
- Nantahala Outdoor Center / varies
- Off the Grid Mountain Adventures / Elizabethton, TN
- Onsight Rock Gym / Knoxville
- Racoon Mountain Caverns and Campground / Chattanooga
- Reflection Ridging Arboretum and Nature Center / Chattanooga
- REI Knoxville / Knoxville
- Smoky Mountain Llama Trek / Cosby, TN
- Southwest Virginia 4H Educational Center / Abingdon, VA