Camps are a wonderful way for girls in your troop to stay connected this summer. You can check with the local libraries, parks and chamber of commerce to see what local summer fun programs are offered. Often, libraries and parks offer day programs that are either free or very inexpensive. Get flyers if possible, or make a list and discuss the details with the girls to determine interest. Make sure information goes home to parents so the girls can get signed up at the first opportunity — spaces in these programs are often limited.
Another way for girls to stay connected this summer is to participate in Girl Scout camp. Girl Scout camps are offered as day and resident camps, so there is an option for every child. The girls can learn to swim, canoe, sail, put on a show, learn quintessential summer crafts such as lanyard making — these are the activities that make memories! It would be nice if you can encourage several girls to sign up together to keep them connected during the summer.
Importantly, schedule an “almost fall” meeting to share summer memories among your girls. Have a sleepover or a scrapbooking party where they can create pages featuring their summer activities to give them something to look forward to and to encourage them to stay connected through the summer months.
One of the most cost effective way of planning a cool summer field trip for Girl Scouts is to advantage of the many local parks, nature centers and outdoor activities.
In fact, a trip to a local park or nature center is also one of the least expensive summer field trip ideas for Girl Scouts ever. Most parks or nature centers offer admission for free or for a small donation, which makes them an ideal summer field trip idea for Girl Scouts and leaders who are on a tight budget.
A field trip to park or nature center can offer both mental and physical exercise. Most have trails or walkways to follow and many will offer guided tours at specific times of day or upon request. When looking for parks to visit, consider arboretums, gardens, nature centers, reserves, regional parks and play areas. Make sure you check ahead to determine if food and drink may be brought into the park, or may be purchased on site. Many parks have limited covered areas and water resources, so it is best to be prepared.
If parks or nature centers aren’t exciting enough for your troop, another great summer field trip idea for Girl Scouts is the various outdoor activities that are available in the summer. These can be as simple as a trip to the beach or as complex as a hot air balloon ride. Determine your budget first, and then check in to any discounted activities that may be offered to a group like the Girl Scouts. Many outdoor activities that offer training, such as horseback riding or sailing, often are amenable to discounting for groups, making them an ideal summer field trip idea.
Would you like to learn more about great ideas for the girls in your troop? Then, please take a few minutes to visit The Real Home School Mom blog for girl scouts at http://girlscoutfunblog.therealhomeschoolmom.com/ – look forward to seeing you there!