Outdoor Champions are Girl Scout volunteers who are confident in their outdoor skills, including outdoor cooking, fire building, sleeping outdoors, and leading outdoor activities. This position will include teaching, supporting, and mentoring troop leaders and other volunteers who are ready to lead girls in nature activities, outdoor skills, and outdoor badges. This position is appointed yearly by River Valleys staff.
An Outdoor Champion should be confident in their ability to lead a small group of adults through outdoor training activities, and should be passionate about getting girls outside!
- Teach, support, and advise volunteers on how to take girls camping at River Valley camps as well as local, state and national campgrounds.
- Promote the importance of outdoor activities as a part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This includes teaching, mentoring, and supporting volunteers in nature-based activities and outdoor skills.
- Ensure outdoor activities are planned following the guidelines found in Volunteer Essentials, Safety-Wise and the Safety Activity Checkpoints.
- Encourage leaders to participate in service unit and council-sponsored events.
- Complete volunteer position training within the required timeframe.
- Follow all GSUSA and River Valleys policies, standards, and procedures.
- Attend regular service unit team and leader meetings.
- Provide support for Service Unit events and initiatives.
- Experience in camping out with girls.
- Currently registered adult member of GSUSA.
- Complete River Valleys volunteer onboarding process.
- Practice welcoming and inclusive behavior toward people of all ages, races, religions, cultures, abilities, sexual orientation, gender, educational, and economic backgrounds.
- Committed to speak and act in a manner consistent with the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law.
- Demonstrate strong group and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability and willingness to initiate contacts with groups and individuals within the community.
- Knowledge of the Girl Scout program and a positive attitude towards Girl Scouts.