Badgerland celebrated the amazing achievements of exceptional Girl Scouts in an inspiring and moving Awards Ceremony earlier this month. This year, there were 11 Badgerland Girl Scouts who earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest national award a Girl Scout can earn. The Gold Award recognizes girls demonstrating extraordinary leadership through take-action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and, nationwide, less than five percent of Girl Scouts achieve this prestigious award.
Also honored and recognized during this special day were 43 Cadettes who earned their Silver Award and graduating seniors, who were presented their Girl Scout green graduate cords before they bridged to adult. Congratulations to all the deserving honorees!
>>Learn more about the Gold girls and their projects
By: Katie Ravich, Adult Learning Specialist
There’s nothing that bonds a group of Girls Scouts more than a camping trip. These are the memories you and your girls will remember the most.
Not sure how to even get started with a troop overnighter? We can help.
Badgerland offers two outdoor training certifications.
Troop Overnight Certification 1 (TOC 1) is a home study course that’s completed online. This training is for adult volunteers who want to take their girls on an overnight to a place with full indoor facilities – in other words to a destination where the cooking, sleeping and bathrooms are inside. A great starter place for troops with a TOC 1 certified adult is Hawk’s Nest at Camp Brandenburg. If you’re looking at other destination for Hawk’s Nest is booked up, here are some other ideas for a TOC 1 overnight experience:
- Campgrounds with cabins. Many public and private campgrounds have cabins for rental.
- Community Centers with an overnight space.
- Nature Centers. Many nature centers offer an overnight space.
- Boys and Girls Clubs.
- Churches. Tons of churches around Badgerland offer overnight space.
- School Forests: Does your school district have a forest? Check to see if you can rent the site!
Troop Overnight Certification 2 (TOC 2) can be done as a home study course, but we also offer a fun one-day in-person training at a Badgerland property in spring and early summer. Adult volunteers who want to take their girls on an overnight to a place without full indoor facilities (cooking outside, sleeping in tents, bathrooms outside) needs to complete TOC 2.
Want to take TOC 2 in person? Badgerland has three TOC 2 in-person trainings lined up for the 2017 camping season. Space is limited, so get registered early.
Once you’ve completed TOC 2 you can take your troop on an outdoor camping adventure. Badgerland properties are popular and fill up fast, so here are some other ideas for a TOC 2 overnight experience:
- State Park Campgrounds. Find a State Park your troop wants to visit and check for camping accommodations.
- County Park Campgrounds. Many counties maintain campgrounds. For instance, Dane County has five Dane County Camp Grounds.
- County Fair Grounds
- City Park Campground
- School Forests: Does your School District have a forest? Check to see if you can rent the site.
- Private Campgrounds. If the state, county or city parks are full consider checking in with r private campgrounds in the area you want to camp.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure your Girl Scouts get outside this year and explore the great outdoors the Girl Scout way!