After voting on new badges and selecting the badge designs, girls can now work toward the five new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges!
In keeping with the century-old tradition of encouraging girls to be active outdoors, Girl Scouts is rolling out the new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges this year, and the new badge materials and guidelines are now available online for the first time ever.
Throughout the summer, girls can participate in activities to earn these exciting new badges, which were voted on and designed by girls.
The new Outdoor badges, as voted upon by girls across the country, include the following. Click on each one to get your free download of the badge requirements!
- Brownie: Outdoor Adventurer (a choice of outdoor activities)
- Junior: Horseback Riding
- Cadette: Archery
- Senior: Paddling (canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding)
- Ambassador: Ultimate Recreation Challenge (a choice five outdoor challenges)
So you may be wondering how these activities were selected. At Girl Scouts, girls are encouraged to decide which topics they want to explore and how they want to go about it. And the selection process for creating new Outdoor badges was no exception. In the month of November, GSUSA began the polling process for the Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges by inviting girls to vote on a diverse option of outdoor badge themes. Once the themes were decided, the next round of votes were cast to pick the activities and new designs. Exciting right?!
More than 40,000 votes were cast in the first round of polling with:
- Outdoor Recreation topping the poll at 45 percent
- Outdoor Survival close behind at 39 percent, and
- Outdoor Environment with 16 percent of the vote!
Girls of all ages (through 18) voted, although Brownies and Juniors cast 67 percent of the votes. GSUSA partnered with councils across the country for the inaugural year of the Girls' Choice Badge Selection process and plans to use lessons learned from this year's pilot to help prepare for additional badge development in years to come.