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Outdoor Videos

Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls' outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment as they grow. The Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart (PDF) is a tool you can use as you advance girls' skills in an age-appropriate way. 

Taking the Journeys Outside
It's easy to take a Girl Scout Journey outside. Each Journey is full of fun, interactive activities that can easily go outdoors and inspire girls to love and protect the planet. Watch this video to find out how! 

Planning Your Troop's First Campout
In order to have a great campout, you need to plan ahead- and be prepared. This video will give you plenty to think about as you plan your next outdoor adventure with Girl Scouts. 

Introduction to Campsite Set-Up
A safe, efficient campsite is important when camping. Watch and learn how to set up a proper camp!

Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
Propane, charcoal, box ovens- there are so many choices when cooking outside. This video shares ideas about the delicious possibilities. Tasty!

How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
A Girl Scout always leaves an area better than she found it.
Throughout this video, girls will learn the importance of caring for the land, and how to easily "Leave No Trace' when exploring and enjoying the outdoors. 

Outdoor Songs and Games
This video provides fun tips on how to teach songs and games to girls to do in the outdoors, and resources available to learn more about Girl Scout songs and games.

Introduction to Fire Building
To ensure a fun campfire experience and help minimize impact on the environment, this video provides basic skills on Leave No Trace ethics, wood gathering, types of fire building methods, and how to start and extinguish a campfire.

Volunteer Toolkit

This series of videos will help troop leaders begin to navigate the Volunteer Toolkit, covering subjects such as:

Setting Up Your Year Plan
Setting Meeting Dates, Times, Locations
Customizing Your Year Plan
Meeting Plan Overview

Volunteer Toolkit Finance Tab
Tips for Volunteers

Parent Meetings
Tips for engaging parents in troop meetings and activities.

Controlling the Room
Tips for troop leaders on the best way to get the attention of the girls in their troop.

Positive Troop Environment
Tips for creating and maintaining a safe and positive troop environment.

Start-Up Activities
Examples of successful activities for the girls to do at the beginning of the troop meeting.

Troop Safety
Tips for troop leaders to ensure they are following safety guidelines with their troop.

Welcoming New Girls
Tips for troop leaders to ensure new girls feel welcome as a new troop member.

Leader-Daughter Dynamic
Tips for how to manage when troop leaders have their daughters in their troop.

Opportunity Catalog Explained

Girl Scouts University

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Girl Scout University provides leadership and professional enrichment to empower volunteers and staff in the Girl Scout Movement.

With help from the GSU Cadre, a community of volunteers and staff who have joined forces to create useful resources, GS University provides users with access to essential learning tools, resources, and courses.

Check out the Girl Scouting 101 course! It's a 45-minute, self-paced online orientation to Girl Scouting. You will need to download Adobe Flash to view the course.