Outdoor Living Skills: Level 1 – The Beginner

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So you want your Girl Scout to become an Outdoor Living Skills expert? Someone others can count on when the going gets tough and a leader to take the charge? Well, that little Brownie still has a way to go until she reaches the Master level, but there’s no better time to start than as a Brownie!

Why is that? Keep in mind that the preceding level must be completed before work on the next level can begin. Meaning Brownie age is the perfect time to start honing those Outdoor Living Skills like a true Girl Scout!


  1. Learn and practice good outdoor manners in the city and in the country. Practice the buddy system on a short hike.
  2. Learn how to dress for the expected weather and what to bring along for the unexpected.
  3. Learn the overhand knot and the square knot. Explain and demonstrate the use of these two knots. 
  4. Demonstrate how to open, close, and pass a paper or plastic folding knife. Explain what is meant by the safety zone.
  5. Learn simple first aid for cuts, insect bites, and skinned knees. Make an individual mini first aid kit and learn how to use the items in it.
  6. Learn what safety precautions to take before starting a fire. Learn how to choose a safe spot to build a fire and learn when a fire is necessary. Should you always have a fire? Explain why or why not.
  1. Prepare a non-cooked meal or snack for your group. Learn how to minimize trash by re-packing the food before you go.
  2. Learn and use 4 simple trail signs.
  3. Have an understanding of the outdoor dishwashing procedure. 
  4. Do an outdoor program opening such as a poem or a song.
  5. Learn what a Kaper chart is and how to use one during an outdoor activity.

Once she’s completed all requirements during her 5-day adventure at Camp Wi-Wo-Ca she’ll be on her way to LEVEL 2: THE INTERMEDIATE. Register today!


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