My girls have always enjoyed camping, most years we would go when its was to cold and raining outside and couldn’t enjoy the hiking trails. But when we have nice weather we take advantage of the trails.
I have done many different type of hikes in the past with girls so I also share different variations of hikes to take your girls on.
Here are a few ideas to add to your hiking badge earning activities.
Learn a Hiking Song
We are Girl Scouts can’t you see?
Come along and sing with me.
Sound off: 1,2
Bring it on down now: 1,2,3,4….1,2..3,4
We are Girl Scouts don’t you know?
Exercise will help us grow.
We are Girl Scouts, we have fun.
We all like to scream and run.
Girl Scouts are the best around,
We have friends all over town.
On my honor we will try,
This Promise is what we live by.
Helping others is our quest,
Troop ______ is the best.
Hiking Scavenger Hunt
Instead of just hiking with no purpose, lets make it a scavenger hunt. This can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Before starting out make a list of items you want everyone to find on trail. Object of game is the first person to find everything wins. Make sure to explain to your girls you will not actually collect the objects, because you want to Leave no trace, but also you want to leave it better than you found it, so with that said put a piece of litter on your list – that would be something you would collect. Maybe sticks and deb-re on path – that could be cleaned up and moved off path. Complete a service project while taking a hike.
Ideas for hunt:
- A yellow flower
- A squirrel
- Something red
- Round rock
- Piece of litter (Bring a bag to collect all litter found)
- Something a human made
- Use a Bingo Game Card: Outdoor Discovery Outdoor Bingo Game
New To Camping?
One of the best parts about being a GS is learning how to be independent and strong, and going camping is a great way to do that. But if your a new Leader or you just don’t camp often there are some important safety things to think about with fire, putting up a tent, and what to bring I found a great starter guide for beginners you will want to check out. When your girls go camping, they learn how to be resourceful and self-reliant in a whole new way. Take a look at this camping guide from Personal Creations. It shows you how to pitch a tent, build a fire, and go fishing all with your own two hands. How empowering! Check it out before your next camping trip.
Do you need a few more ideas?
Checkout some other ideas I have posted on another great girl leader blog. I share some great hiking games, and a trail mix recipe. Read it here
Board Game Just For Fun
Add this fun game called Let’s Go Hiking – A Co-operative Hiking and Tracking Game you will be armed with a camera and boots and leave camp to go on a hike. You will learn more about the woods and wildlife and enjoy a laugh with everyone.
What do we do after your girls complete the activities?
Well of course give them the badge to display proudly on their vest, they earned it! Additionally If you are like many leaders we want to award our girls when they complete something even beyond just the patch. One great way to show achievement is with a certificate. Don’t worry you don’t have to make them, I found a resource that has done all the work for you and all you have to do is print them and customize the certificates with each girl’s name, badge or award earned, date, and troop leader. Editable certificates perfect for awarding girls after earning a badge.
Be sure to also checkout these other activities your girls will love:
- Being Patriotic: Celebrating Community Activities
- Get Creative: Inventor Activities
- Fun For Everyone: Fair Play Activities
More Resources For You Beyond This Site
I get asked a lot what other resources are out there on the internet for Leaders. I have done some digging over the years and have used many of the resources myself. I compiled a list of some great companies that sell patches, programs and also other bloggers offering amazing resources that may fit your needs even better than my site did. Checkout what I found.
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