This week, Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines (GSNCCP) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced their first-ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13–14 for girls to experience the great outdoors, an integral part of the organization’s all-girl leadership program. Join GCNCCP and thousands of girls in hundreds of state parks across the United States to find adventure, explore nature, and learn what Girl Scouts is all about.
The legacy of Girl Scouts and the outdoors is profound. Studies show that 71 percent of girl members ages 8–14 tried their first outdoor activity through the organization and half would not have had access to outdoor activities and programming if not for Girl Scouts. GSUSA’s cutting-edge environmental conservation; camping; and outdoor science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming is rooted in a passion for adventure and healthy risk-taking combined with taking action to protect the environment for present and future generations. Girl Scouts wants to get even more girls outside through Girl Scouts Love State Parks.
In collaboration with the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), GSNCCP will host an outdoor event at Falls Lake State Park in Raleigh that will include activities like canoeing, pond and ecosystem discovery, and an environmental service project. Girls that choose to camp overnight will make s’mores and participate in a night hike. Girl Scouts will work towards earning their State Park’s Junior Ranges badges which require them to learn more about state parks and why they are preserved while learning essential leadership skills. Girls that cannot attend the event are encouraged to participate in the fun by visiting their local State Park to explore with their family and friends.
“Opportunities like the Girl Scouts love State Parks initiative encourage girls to step outside their comfort zone and explore the world around them by learning and trying new things,” said Keli Diewald, Vice President of Program at GSNCCP. “Outstanding outdoor programming is an important pillar of the Girl Scout Leadership Program and we are excited to partner with local state parks to get girls outside.”
“GSUSA has always been a leader in getting girls outdoors, and we are excited to open our state parks specifically to the organization this July,” said Lewis Ledford, NASPD CEO. “Girls can flex their leadership and risk-taking skills while exploring the parks, learning something new, and, most of all, having fun.”
Girl Scouts provides girls with year-round outdoor adventures like the Girl Scouts Love State Parks event and camping opportunities that allow them to step away from technology and explore the outdoors in a safe and supportive all-girl environment. Girls can join the fun and register for Girl Scouts Love State Parks by visiting nccoastalpines.org.