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The Trailguide 9.3: Outdoor Progression

The following chart of Outdoor Progression Skills provides girls and leaders the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the natural world, in a positive way.

The Outdoor Progression Chart is GS-TOP’s recommendation for the outdoor activities that are suitable for each grade level.

 

Grade Level:

Daisy First Year

Daisy Second Year

Suggested Activities:

  • Plan an outdoor meeting
  • Play outside games
  • Nature activities
  • Nature stories
  • Geocaching
  • **Pony rides lead by person on foot
  • Campfire songs and ceremonies
  • Learn how to enjoy the outdoors without disturbing nature
  • Occasional overnight camping experiences
  • **Fishing 
  • **Rowboating
  • **Snorkeling
  • Day outing with one-pot cooking, including hot beverages over an outdoor fire
  • Basic first aid
  • Overnight camping trips
  • Nature and science activities

Appropriate Site:

  • Meeting place
  • Backyard
  • Park
  • Council owned sites, occasional overnight
  • Day camp
  • Up to three nights resident camp at any Girl Scout camp
  • Campsite with permanent sleeping structures, water and permanent sanitation facilities

Program Options:

  • Leave No Trace
  • It's Your World, Change It!-The Golden Honey Bee Award
  • It's Your World, Change It!-The Watering Can Award
  • It's Your Planet, Love It!-The Clover Award
  • Basic First Aid- Safety award
  • Clover's Story in the Girl's Guide (Use Resources Wisely)

 

Cooking and Fire

Skills Needed:

  • Snack: trail mix, popcorn, fruit
  • Appropriate dress
  • Respect  for surroundings
  • Kaper charts, simple chuck box
  • Bed rolls
  • Roast marshmallows
  • One-pot cooking
  • Patrols
  • Meal planning, budgeting
  • Fire safety, fire building
  • Charcoal fire
  • Fire starters

Adult Learning Required:

Yes

Yes

Additional requirements:

Review and follow Safety Activity Checkpoints, **High Risk approval

Review and follow Safety Activity Checkpoints, **High Risk approval

 

Grade Level:

Brownies

Suggested Activities:

 

  • Campout and cook meals
  • Build, maintain, and properly put out a fire
  • Expanded cooking methods
  • Make and use kaper charts
  • Knots (overhand, square, larks head, and clove hitch)
  • **Horseback riding
  • Introduction to maps and compasses
  • Introduction to hiking
  • **Climbing
  • ** Snow Skiing
  • **Class 1 & 2 whitewater  rafting
  • **Introduction to canoes/kayaking
  • Archery

Appropriate Site:

Four nights resident camp or more

Program Options:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naturalist Legacy Badge (Bugs)

It's Your Planet, Love it!  Outdoors Skill Building Badge (Hiker) 

It’s You Story, Tell it! Adventure Skill Building Badge (Letterboxer)

Project WILD 

Project WILD  Aquatics

Leave No Trace

**Challenge course - low elements

Cooking and Fire Building

Skills Needed:

 

 

 

Camp stoves

Simple solar cooking

Foil

Dutch oven

Charcoal, wood, propane

Adult Learning Required:

Yes

Additional requirements:

Review and follow Safety  Activity Checkpoints, **High Risk approval

 

Grade Level:

Juniors

Suggested Activities:

  • Organize overnight with advanced camping techniques
  • Vary the site, menu and type of cooking
  • Beginners backpacking
  • Begin to carry all gear, food, and water
  • Learn to be a good steward of the land
  • Tent camping, lashing
  • GPS and compass work
  • Waterproofing
  • **Class 3 whitewater rafting
  • **Introduction to surfing and wind surfing
  • **Sailing
  • **Water skiing and wake boarding

Appropriate Site:

 

  • State parks
  • Lakes

Program Options:

  • Cook Legacy Badge (Simple Meals)
  • First Aid Legacy Badge (Junior First Aid)
  • Naturalist Legacy Badge (Flowers)
  • It's Your Planet, Love it!  Outdoors Skill Building Badge (Camper) 
  • It’s Your Story, Tell it! Adventure Skill Building Badge (Geocacher)
  • It's your Story, Tell it! Animals Skill Building Badge (Animal Habitats)

Cooking and Fire Building Skills Needed:

 

  • Advanced fire building
  • Cooking and making your own utensils, ovens, and cups
  • Menu planning, food preparation and storage
  • Tin can stove, buddy burner, backpacking stove
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Care of equipment

Adult Learning Required:

Yes

Additional requirements:

Review and follow Safety  Activity Checkpoints, **High Risk approval

 

Note: Always practice minimum impact in the outdoors. Leave a place better than you found it. Be prepared to take out your garbage and practice conservation in the outdoors.

High Risk Activities that require Council approval are as follows:

  • Horseback riding
  • River Rafting
  • Canoeing
  • Rowboating
  • Tubing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Surfing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Water Skiing and Wake boarding
  • Challenge Courses
  • Climbing, Rappelling
  • Caving
  • Snow Skiing, Down Hill skiing, and Snowboarding
  • Fishing, Ice fishing

Caution: You must get written pre-approval from GS-TOP for girls ages 12 and older who will operate motorized vehicles, such as go-carts and personal watercraft; use firearms; take trips on waterways that are highly changeable or uncontrollable; or fly in noncommercial aircraft, such as small private planes, helicopters, sailplanes, untethered hot-air balloons, and blimps

Warning: The following activities are never allowed for any girl: potentially uncontrolled free-falling (bungee jumping, hang gliding, parachuting, parasailing, and trampolining); creating extreme variations of approved activities (such as high-altitude climbing and aerial tricks on bicycles, skis, snowboards, skateboards, water-skis, and wakeboards); hunting or shooting a projectile at another person; riding all-terrain vehicles and motor bikes; taking watercraft trips in Class V or higher; and simulated skydiving and zero-gravity rooms.