Vote for Girls Choice Outdoor Badge

We have exciting news! Girl Scouts is adding four new Outdoor Badges in the fall of 2015 and we want you to help choose them!

Girls Choice Badge

Girl Scouts is adding one new badge for the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior levels. Take this short survey and help us choose the badge category. This survey runs from October 31, 2014 – November 30, 2014.

You can vote as often as you like! The badge topic with the most votes wins!

If you have any questions email Leadership and Learning Specialist-Outdoor Program, Melody Hutchison  or call 877-312-4764 x1122.


Join the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge!

The mission of 100 Missouri Miles is to get more Missourians moving in the beautiful Missouri outdoors. Whether you run, walk, bike, rideswim, or roll, there is a trail or other outdoor venue that can help you achieve the challenge of 100 Missouri Miles.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and many other Missouri businesses and organizations  have joined Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon in the effort to challenge all Missourians to complete 100 Missouri Miles of physical activity by the end of the year.

Create your own profile at the and then join the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Group. Girls, volunteers, staff and friends of GSMH can all join the group and then compare progress on the leaderboard.

Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation’s hiking, biking and riding trails. The national award is presented every two years to the state that has made tremendous contributions to promote and improve their trails system.

Missouri State Parks offers almost 1,000 miles of managed trails and the state claims more than 500 miles of National Recreation Trails designated by the U.S. Department of Interior.  The state lives up to its reputation as “Gateway to the West” with significant trails including the Lewis and Clark, Trail of Tears, and the Santa Fe National Historic Trails passing through the state and the Pony Express, California, and Oregon National Historic Trails beginning on the western border. Missouri is also the home of the Katy Trail, the longest developed rail-trail in the nation.

The miles completed do not have to be at a state park or on a trail, they can be anywhere you get out for physical activity. Do you walk or run every day for exercise? You can log a lot of miles that way. Let’s see how many miles Girl Scouts can accomplish this year!


From Past to Present – 100 Years of Girl Scouting Camporees

Turning 100 deserves another celebration! Celebrate Girl Scouting’s 100th by getting together with your Girl Scout friends for an ole’ fashioned Camporee near you! The registration deadline for our From Past to Present – 100 Years of Girl Scouting Camporee is almost here – REGISTER BY AUGUST 15, 2012.

All participants will receive a commemorative patch bracelet the day of the event.

Want to join in the Celebration?

The Camporees are open to troops and individually registered girls. Troops need to follow the troop travel guidelines for ratio, first aiders, etc. and individual girls must be accompanied by a chaperone.  (In keeping with the Girl Scout Camporee tradition, this is a troop camping or individually registered Girl Scout experience.)

When and where are they happening? ­

September 21-23 (one day or all weekend!)

Central – Sedalia Fairgrounds

Southeast – Bootheel Rodeo Grounds, Sikeston

Southwest – Centennial Park Fairgrounds, Nevada


What is the Cost?           

Saturday daytime only (no overnight) $10* per person

Saturday daytime through Sunday morning $12* per person

Friday night through Sunday morning $15* per person


What Time does the fun start?

Gates open Friday September 21 at 5:00pm (all Locations)

(Friday is an on your own entertainment night)

Registration Starts at 7:30am Saturday

Opening Flag Ceremony at 8:30am Saturday

Saturday Night Campfire, Songs and S’mores

Closing Flag Ceremony Sunday at 11:00am



What goes on at a Camporee?

There are many scheduled activities throughout the day Saturday including:  Knot tying, Knife safety, Letterboxing; Tent pitching, Archery, team-building games & SWAP station, Trading Post & MORE!

What do I need to bring?

Camping is primitive tent camping only.  So you will need to bring your own tents.  If you don’t have one check with your service unit to see if they have one you can borrow.  They are a great troop investment.

You will be responsible for your own food, cooking utensils and cooking source. Only grills or camp stoves, no open fires are allowed.  Don’t have what you need; don’t forget to check with your service unit.  A food vendor will be available to purchase lunch and dinner on Saturday otherwise meals are on your own.

You will receive a confirmation email closer to the event which will include an agenda as well as directions, more information and even a sample packing list!


Some question you might still be wondering about:

Is there electricity or water at the camp sites?

There is at the fairgrounds but not at the individual sites…primitive camping only.


Is there shade?

There is some shade, but most of the area is open field.


Do the troops reserve their spot, or it is first come-first serve?

First come, first serve.


Can the girls use Cookie Cards?

Yes, just like any event.


What is happening on Sunday?

There will be a Scouts Own ceremony, Troop Team Challenges followed by closing ceremony.


Do I have to have the BOS training in order to bring my troop?

No, because it is a council event.


Do I need to bring swaps?

SWAPs are not required but are encouraged! You will receive information in your confirmation about an approximate number of participants for which to plan for.


How can we help with this event?

Troops are needed for flag ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday and to help plan the Scouts Own on Sunday. Adult Volunteers are also needed to help with various stations on Saturday.

Click here to Volunteer at the Camporees   




Backpacking Interest Group

If you are interested in exploring the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, we’ve got a group for you!

Becky Miller and Mara Teeslink aka “Chiknhead” and “Hershey” are starting a backpacking interest group. This group is for girls and adults alike! Troop leaders can bring their girls to learn along with them, or try it out on their own without the girls. Girls need to be at least in the 7th grade and everyone must weigh at least 100 lbs (so they can carry the packs!). Interested girls and adults will first attend a Shakedown to cover some basics about what equipment is needed, menu planning and a practice hike. There is basic equipment available for use and the destination of the trip will be determined by the group.

Shakedown is planned for September 24, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Finbrooke Program Center Rogersville, MO and the backpacking weekend is planned for October 8-9th somewhere south of I-44! If you are interested, or have any questions please contact Becky Miller at