Outdoor adventures have a long-standing tradition in Girl Scouts. To celebrate our strong history of encouraging girls to be Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk Takers, and Leaders through outdoor experiences – we bring you Adventure Club!
Adventure Club is for any Girl Scout who wants to get outdoors and push themselves to have more outdoor adventures than they have had before. Adventure Club programs and activities are mostly outdoors, engage with the natural world, and challenge you to try something new or go further. Girls who participate can earn the Adventure Club Patch and will receive the Adventure Club e-newsletter(coming later this winter)!
Why It’s Important
Outdoor education is one of the four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Adventure Club continues a strong tradition of outdoor experiences and skill exploration which afford every girl the opportunity to:
- Try new activities or sports that encourage an active lifestyle
- Be challenged to grow in new ways and become better problem solvers
- Unplug from screens and social media – and know that it’s ok to take a break
- Develop leadership skills and become team players
- Have fun exploring and building social bonds within a safe space like Girl Scouts!
Choose Your Adventure
Choose Your Adventure
Choose three (or more) outdoor adventures! Maybe you have never gone kayaking, but always wanted to try. Perhaps you went snowshoeing at Camp Lakamaga as a Brownie, but now you want to try snowshoeing a longer trail at a State Park. The activity and challenge level is up to you. Adventure Club activities are mostly outdoors, engage with the natural world, and challenge you to try something new or go further. Be sure to review Safety Activity Checkpoints for your chosen activity. Your adventures must take place after September 1, 2018 to count towards Adventure Club.
Examples of possible Adventure Club activities include:
- Mountain Biking
- Hiking or Backpacking
- Rock Climbing
- Plein Air Painting (painting outdoors)
Girl Scouts River Valleys will be offering many program events related to Adventure Club – such as caving, fat biking, and bouldering! Check out our Events page to find events that are of interest to you.
Get Your Patch
Get Your Patch and Share Your Story
After your third and sixth adventure, tell us about it! To earn the patch, complete the form below and share a photo. Don’t forget to tag us on social media with #GSRVAdventure and @GSRV.
The Adventure Club Patch can be earned after participating in three Adventure Club activities.
The Adventure Club Pro Patch can be earned after participating in six or more Adventure Club activities.
Adventure Club FAQs
What types of activities count towards Adventure Club?
An Adventure Club activity is one that is mostly outdoors, engages with the natural world, and challenges you to try something new or go further. Here are a few examples of Adventure Club type activities:
- Rock/Mountain Climbing
- Plein Air Painting
- Ice Skating
- Biking (city or mountain)
- Horseback riding
Our troop went backpacking last year – can that count as one of our three Adventure Club activities?
No. Only activities that were completed after September 1, 2018 count towards Adventure Club.
- Who should track participation and the number of activities completed?
Participation is “on your honor”. Troops and/or girls and families are responsible for tracking number of Adventure Club activities completed.
- Can girls participate in Adventure Club activities on their own/with their family?
Girls are encouraged to participate in events at the troop, service unit, or council level. However, if a girl’s troop is not participating in Adventure Club (or she is a Juliette Girl Scout), she may plan Adventure Club activities on her own. Please remember that individual girls (with a parent chaperone) can attend council events! Check out our events page for lots of Adventure Club activity options!
- Is there a cost for the patch(es)?
No. The patches are free to current girl members of Girl Scouts River Valleys.
- How often are the patches mailed if the program goes all year?
The patch request form is open year-round. Due dates for each mailing are listed below. If you submit your form after one of the due dates, your patches will simply be mailed the next time around.
- January 31
- May 31
- July 31
- September 30
- Will Adventure Club be offered next year? Is the Adventure Club patch the same every year?
At this time, there is not an end date for Adventure Club and the patch will remain the same next year. We may introduce new add-on patches in future years to keep the program relevant and exciting.
- Do we have to request the Adventure Club and the Adventure Club Pro patch at the same time? Or can we request them as they are earned?
That is up to you! If you already have six Adventure Club activities planned in the same year, we recommend waiting until you complete all six activities and then request both patches. Once you complete three Adventure Club activities, you may request the Adventure Club patch. If you complete three additional Adventure Club activities in the following year, then you may request the Adventure Club pro patch at that time.
- What if an outdoor-type activity is being done indoors (example: rock climbing at an indoor facility) – does that count towards Adventure Club?
Yes! If you are participating in an activity that prepares you to take it outdoors next time, such as indoor rock climbing, then yes – we’d consider that a great fit for Adventure Club!
- If we do the same activity three times does that count towards our three activities for Adventure Club?
While we encourage girls to try three different activities for Adventure Club, we know there may be a time where girls want to expand on the skills they started. For example, if a troop goes indoor rock-climbing first, then on another date tries out-door rock climbing – that would be a good way to push themselves further in the same activity and both sessions could count towards Adventure Club. If a troop went skiing and did the same trail three different times, that should only count as one Adventure Club activity, and not three.