You may think it's only for Boy Scouts, only for the most hardcore outdoorsman, only for the fittest of the fit. But you are mistaken.
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, in partnership with the Alabama Wildlife Federation, are putting together a backpacking program where interested girls can learn all about the skills, equipment and techniques of hiking the great outdoors. We will have a few meetings to train, learn skills and earn badges. The program will then culminate in an overnight backpacking trip.
The goals of this program are to encourage team building skills, leadership skills, outdoor skills, environmental education and physical fitness.
Ages: 7th and 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors
If you think your Girl Scout will be interested, talk with her about it. If you think you know nothing about the sport, call me up or look it up on the web or in books.
Please contact me if you are interested, so I can start planning our meetings!
Outdoor Education Programs Manager
145 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36109
(334) 272-9164, ext. 2205
Yes, backpacking may be challenging. But think about this:
Courage is when you try even though you are afraid. Confidence is something you gain little by little when you tackle an obstacle that is new and scary. Character is who you become once you have come out the other side, having conquered your fears and accomplished more than you ever thought possible.