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Outdoor Certification

You live in a world of screens—smartphone! laptop! TV! tablet!—and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. Help girls develop the kind of outdoor skills it’s hard to get anywhere else. Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent, or canoeing across a lake.

Many outdoor activities require additional certification training. We offer a wide variety of outdoor certification courses, so you can safely get your girls into the great outdoors!

Camping In
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This course is required in order to hold overnight activities with a troop. It is also a prerequisite to Camping Out. Camping In is available as a self-study online or paper copy. To receive certification in Camping In, the Camping In Activity Specialist Certification Request must be completed and submitted.

 

Camping Out
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Do you want to take girls camping in the great outdoors? This course gives you the knowledge and skills to camp in a tent, cook meals over an open fire, and practice Leave No Trace camping techniques. You will learn to appreciate the outdoors and pass the love of nature on to the girls. Camping In is a prerequisite for Camping Out. This course is required to take a troop on an overnight camping trip which involves sleeping in tents. Certification in Outdoor Cooking and Fire Building is also included in this course.

Where: Camp Rocky Ledges
When: Sept. 23-24, 2017, 1 pm Saturday—2 pm Sunday
Reg. Deadline: September 8, 2017
Cost: $30

Fire Building Safety
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By completing the self-study below, you will be certified to build a simple camp fire that does not involve outdoor cooking with your troop/group. Download the self-study PDF, watch Introduction to Fire Building, then complete and submit the Fire building Activity Specialist Certification form.You will receive an activity specialist card in the mail within four weeks.

Outdoor Cooking Activity Specialist
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From making a box oven to cooking bacon and eggs in a paper bag! Ever make an egg on a stick? Learn some novelty ways of cooking that is cool and fun for all ages. This course is required to cook outdoors with a troop/group. This is an in-person course.

Archery Activity Specialist
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Learn the basics of archery, how to instruct students and find out about the Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints related to this sport.  Participant’s skills will be evaluated as to whether they are ready to instruct youth in archery after taking this course.

Canoeing Activity Specialist
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This is the basic course for entry-level adults who would like to be qualified to take girls canoeing on non-moving or slow moving waters (small lakes, ponds and slow moving sections of creeks and rivers). This course is required to take a troop/group canoeing. This is an in-person course.

Hiking Activity Specialist
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Learn the basics of taking your group hiking. Find out what gear you will need, how to plan a hiking trip, safety and emergency procedures. This course is a must for any troop/group that plans to hike. This course is required to take a troop on a hike which involves more than a simple walk around the neighborhood. This is an in-person course.

Backpacking Activity Specialist
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During this course, you will learn what to take along, what to leave behind and how to pack it, the importance of proper footwear, and the mechanics involved in backpacking. This workshop will teach you how to backpack safely with respect for the environment. The class will incorporate a hike where you will be able to make use of your newly acquired skills. This course is required to take a troop/group on a lengthy backpacking hike which often involves camping overnight. This is an in-person course.

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