News.bytes Extra, issue 227

Girl Scouts learn about Leave No Trace and Linking Girls to the Land

Teaching others to teach Leave No Trace - see "Educator 'trains the trainers'" below

Megan, a Senior Girl Scout, finished her Girl Scout Gold Award by coordinating a "Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills Workshop" for Junior and Brownie Troops in the Butterfield Service Unit, in Norco, California. An April 1 rainstorm didn't stop a determined Megan from holding the Juliette Low Outdoor Skills Workshop. She assured twelve girl trainers and sixty-five Girl Scouts and Leaders that a little rain shouldn't dampen their enthusiasm for learning knots, minimum impact fire, first-aid, trail signs, and map and compass skills. Partners included the Bureau of Land Management's California Desert District Office, Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, Riverside County Parks, Girl Scouts San Gorgonio Council, Butterfield Service Unit, and Stater Bros.Grocery Store.

Cadet Girl Scouts working on their Silver Award will visit Brownie and Junior Troops to help them practice for the follow-up competition: the Juliette Low/ Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills Challenge.

A group of Brownie Girl Scouts learns to use a compass
Above: Learning to use a compass -- "Which way is north?"

Below: Brownie Girl Scouts splinting an arm in place
Brownie Girl Scouts splinting an arm in place

The Leave No Trace program includes training and curriculum for teaching outdoor skills and ethics for front-country use including Girl Scout camps, developed campgrounds and high use areas; and more remote backcountry and wilderness areas. Girl Scouts can “leave a place better than you found it.” with the skills learned through this program.

The Leave No Trace program is part of the Linking Girls to the Land Initiative with Girl Scouts of the USA and federal natural resources agencies. The goal is for girls to become involved in conservation and natural resource issues through education, volunteer service, outdoor skills development and career exploration.

Educator "trains the trainers"

San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council Leave No Trace Master Educator, Mary Moore, held a Leave No Trace "Train the Trainer" Workshop, at Lake Cahuillla County Park April 7-9. The 27 participants included two Barstow Student Conservation Association crews, Boy and Girl Scout youth and adults, one wrangler and a couple of archeologists. This training supports a Linking Girls to the Land grant the council received in 2006. Partners included the BLM's California Desert District Office and Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office. Mona Daniels, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, invited BLM law enforcement rangers to speak about law enforcement careers. Fred Delcamp, a K-9 law enforcement ranger and a scout, provided a demonstration of an "attack" which had a "wow" effect on everyone.

For more information on using the LNT program in your council and troop visit these "Linking Girls to the Land" websites:




April 2006

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