Outdoor activities are a special part of being a Brownie Girl Scout. So sleep out, hike out, eat out and have some fun in the sun – or rain!
As with all older Brownie Try-its, scouts need to complete 4 activities to earn the badge.
Dress for the Weather Relay Edit
Imagine you are walking through a field on a day hike and storm clouds quickly gather. You are wearing only shorts and a top when what you really need is rain gear. Play this game with your troop or group before you go on an outdoor trip. It will be good practice for those times when you need to pack the right clothes for different kinds of weather.
You will need:
- 2 Paper bags
- 2 sets of clothes in adult size and 2 different types of weather
- Divide into two teams.
- Each team forms a line behind the starting point with a bag of clothes.
- At a signal, one girl from each team puts on the clothes in the bag over what she is wearing. She moves as quickly as possible to a turnaround point. She returns to the starting line, takes of the clothes, and puts them back into the bag. She then hands the bag to the next girl in the line.
- This continues until each girl has had a turn. The first team to finish sits down and the members raise their hands.
To make the game even more fun, place clothes for different kinds of weather in one bag. The team has to pick the right clothes for the kind of weather the group decides on.
Sleep Out! Edit
Plan for and go on an overnight with your troop in someone's backyard or council camp area.
Use this checklist:
- ____ Plan ahead. Discuss what you will do with the other girls in your troop.
- ____ Learn and practice the skills you will need to enjoy the outdoors. See pages 106-115 in the Brownie Girl Scout Handbook.
- ____ Dress right. Make sure your clothes are correct for the activities and the weather. Always be prepared! See the previous activity.
- ____ Keep safe. Learn the safety rules you need for the place where you will be sleeping out, and the safety rules for the equipment you will be using. See pages 62-69 in the Brownie Girl Scout Handbook for safety tips.
- ____ Leave the place better than you found it. Be prepared to take out your garbage and practice conservation in the outdoors.
Be sure to have some fun after dark, too. Sit around in a circle with your flashlights and tell some stories or share some jokes. Be careful not to shine your flashlights in someone else's eyes.
Day Hike Edit
Plan a day hike in a forest, park, Girl Scout Camp, or nature preserve.
Make a walking salad to take with you as your snack. You will need:
- Celery Sticks
- Apple slices dipped in lemon juice
Do one of the following activities:
- Follow a nature trail. If a map or guide is available, use it. Read the signs. They will often tell you the names of trees and plants. If you are quiet, you may even see some wildlife.
- Try a color hike. Each girl decides on a color and looks for things that match that color. Write them down in your notebook!
- Use a magnifying glass to find the smallest living things you can.
Build a Shelter Edit
What would you do if you were hiking and got caught in a storm? With the other members of your troop or group, try to build a shelter. First, pick a spot. Then look for natural things around you that you could use to make a shelter. Maybe you have something in your day pack, like a rain poncho, that could become part of your shelter. You'll have to work together if you want to make a really good shelter!
After you've finished, talk about why you used the materials you did. Then take the shelter apart. Remember that you always should leave a place the way you found it – or better!
Touch, Smell, Listen Edit
You can learn about the outside world by using all of your senses. In this hunt, you will need to use more than your eyes.
Find the things in the out-of-doors that match the descriptions on this list. After you discover something, touch and smell the object as a way of finding out more about it. But beware of poison ivy or other poisonous plants.
- ____ Something rough
- ____ Something smooth
- ____ Something dull
- ____ Something pointy
- ____ Something soft
- ____ Something hard
- ____ Something bumpy
- ____ Something squishy
- ____ Something crumbly
- ____ Something wet
- ____ Something sweet-smelling
- ____ Something sour-smelling
- ____ Something flowery
- ____ Something minty
- ____ Something bad-smelling
- ____ Something pine-like
- ____ Something lemony
- ____ Something fruity
- ____ Something rustling
- ____ Something snapping
- ____ Something singing
- ____ Something flying
- ____ Animals moving
- ____ Water running
- ____ Insects buzzing
- ____ Wind moving things