Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), the third largest Girl Scout Council in the U.S. in girl membership, is announcing the Girl Scout Ranger Program, a joint venture between the National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the USA that connects girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores and urban sites.
According to the National Park Service website, Texas has 13 national parks. Big Thicket National Park located in Beaumont, Texas, is the only park located in GSSJC’s 26-county area.
Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (highest award) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.
“Since its inception, getting girls outdoors has been a pillar of the Girl Scout mission,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “This partnership will allow more girls in our council to experience the beauty of the great outdoors and all that it offers girls, including the opportunity to engage in activities that support healthy living and an appreciation for the preservation of our natural resources.”
Girls and troops who wish to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park (Find Your Park) near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders and parents can arrange for activities like hiking, biking, wildlife watching and guided interpretive tours, and the Girl Scout Ranger Program will also allow girls to build their own unique park experience, earning badges and patches along the way.
For girls who cannot visit a national park, GSSJC offers opportunities to explore the great outdoors year round through special travel opportunities called Destinations and Getaways, its backpacking, equitation and sailing interest groups, and all-girl sleep away camp.
To learn more about GSSJC or to register, visit: www.gssjc.org
To learn more about the Girl Scout Ranger Program, visit: www.nps.gov.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 2.8 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 61,000 girls and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.