Girl Scouts from the North Carolina Coastal Pines council learned all about animals in the wild through games, stories, exploration, and crafts at a local event, Nature Play Day. The event allowed Girl Scouts Daisies and Brownies to explore Girl Scout camp, Camp Mu-Sha-Ni, as they worked towards earning a fun patch by participating in environmental activities.
Giving girls the opportunity to explore the great outdoors and the natural world that surrounds them opens up opportunities to discover new interests, go beyond their comfort zone, and learn to appreciate the beauty all around. During Nature Play Day girls explored the outdoors including the open fields and the camp’s waterfront, and were introduced to new topics such as environmental conservation and discovered the unique wildlife amongst the camp. Girls learned in a hands-on environment through interactive activities. When girls experience information in a cooperative learning setting, they retain up to three and a half times more information compared to sitting and listening. Additionally, all-girl events and activities encourage girls to try new things and seek out challenges with a supportive girl community cheering them on.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), girls’ outdoor experiences in Girl Scouts are positively linked to challenge seeking, problem solving, and environmental leadership. And, when girls get outdoors with Girl Scouts, even participating in casual outdoor activities, they’re much more likely to recognize their own strengths, overcome challenges while developing resiliency, and gain skills that help them in the classroom, in life, and beyond.
Participating in Girl Scouts has proven to be one of the best ways for a girl to get a quality outdoor experience. The Girl Scouts Research Institute (GSRI) found that girls agreed that Girl Scouts provided them with opportunities to experience the outdoors in ways they could not have otherwise.
To learn more about the outdoor opportunities offered by Girl Scouts – North Carolina Pines visit www.nccoastalpines.org.