Thursday, March 11, 2021

Your Chance to Support Girls Outdoors this Month- More from GSCCC's Outdoor Adventures Manager

Outdoor experiences are an integral part of Girl Scouting. Through adventures in the outdoors, girls start to feel comfortable trying new things and testing their limits. They gain confidence and acquire new skills in a safe and supportive all-girl environment. From a relaxed nature hike through the forests to teaming up on a wildlife conservation project to high-adventure rock-climbing, Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of opportunities to learn and grow inside and out!  

That’s why Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast has invested in creating quality camp properties, so we can offer quality programs to our adventure-seeking girls. In just a few weeks, we’ll be hosting an auction, Camp is Calling, to help support our camps.  

“Every girl should have the opportunity to explore the outdoors, including at camp,” Leigh Whaley, GSCCC’s Outdoor Adventures Manager said. “As a Gold Award Girl Scout whose passion is and has always been environmental stewardship, I’m proof that outdoor opportunities help girls become successful people. Because of my time as a Girl Scout, I went on to get my master’s degree in environmental education, and now have the pleasure of leading our girls in all outdoor activities!” 

Leigh Whaley shows Girl Scout Daisy Olivia how to make a nature journal at Camp Skimino in Williamsburg

Girls can earn a bucket of outdoor badges while at camp - Outdoor Adventurer, Horseback Riding, Archery, Paddling and Ultimate Recreation Challenge are but a few. A study conducted by Girl Scout Research Institute, More Than S’mores, found that there are immense benefits from spending time outdoors. With experience in the outdoor, they are more apt to seek challenges in other areas of their lives and are better problem-solvers, for a start, and outdoor experiences through Girl Scouting, such as camp, are beneficial to girl leadership.  

And, now more than ever, research shows us that getting outdoors is so important to the physical, social and psychological development of our girls and the health of our planet. We want to get more girls outdoors, more often and in varied ways.  

Please plan to register for our Camp is Calling Auction to support GSCCC camps and the opportunities they give girls. Plus, there are so amazing items you can bid on that include get-aways, a signed baseball by Ken Nolan and many, many more goodies to take home. The auction is virtual, so you don’t need to leave your house!  

Check out some of our favorite items below, then click here and register to support our Council March 18- 20, 2021 when we go LIVE!