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“Girl Scouts Love State Parks” Initiative Aims to Get Eastern Missourians Outside

GS Loves State Parks 2019

Starting Friday, July 12 eastern Missouri G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM, their families and friends will be coming together to experience the great outdoors at three Missouri State Parks: Cuivre River, Johnson’s Shut-Ins and Elephant Rocks. This is part of the organization’s first-ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend, a national effort in which thousands of individuals across the United States will seek adventure, explore nature and learn about the power of Girl Scouting.

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has been providing cutting-edge programming and activities designed specifically to ignite a girls’ curiosity about the great outdoors. When Girl Scouts get outside, they discover they can better problem solve, overcome challenges, develop leadership skills, grow lifelong friendships and become passionate environmental stewards.

Many eastern Missouri Girl Scouts show their appreciation for nature by incorporating it into earning one of Girl Scout’s community service awards. In 2018, Catherine Forbeck, a Girl Scout alum, earned the organization’s highest achievement, the Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls, like Forbeck, who earn the award do so by demonstrating extraordinary leadership through a remarkable and sustainable community service project.

After noticing some explorers weren’t practicing safe hiking habits, Forbeck took matters into her own hands. She curated and assembled 10 educational backpacks filled with necessary hiking items like First Aid kits and field guides. Cuivre River adventurers can borrow these backpacks at any time, ensuring they have a safe and informative hiking experience!

More details: Girl Scouts Love State Parks kicks off Friday, July 12 with an evening program at Elephant Rocks and Johnson’s Shut-Ins with an overnight camping option. More programming will continue at these parks on Saturday, July 13. Then on Sunday, July 14, the initiative will culminate at Cuivre River with different activities, programming and hiking adventures. If one of these three parks aren’t close to home, check out this link for other locations!

The events throughout the weekend are open to the public so share this moment with eastern Missouri Girl Scouts and #GSoutdoors!