We’re so lucky to live in Northern California, where we’re never lacking in outdoor adventure options. From hikes in the park to backpacking through Yosemite, our troops have the whole world right in their backyard! Rain or shine, it’s undeniable that our girls love the fun and excitement of high adventures and, as girls get older and progress through Girl Scouts, their options for adventures just get better and better. Horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fencing, sailing… you name it, our Girl Scouts have done it and your girls can too!

Ice Skating

Age Levels: Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

From Daisies to Ambassadors, ice skating is a cool adventure for girls and their families. The sport is popular during the winter months when the temperature drops and the outdoor ice rinks open, but with indoor skating rinks widely available, girls can enjoy the joy of skating year-round.

Horseback Riding

Age Levels: Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

One of the first high adventure activities that girls participate in during their Brownie years is horseback riding. In fact, I’ve seen Brownies bridge to Juniors on horseback—definitely an awesome bridging ceremony they’ll never forget!

Tree Climbing

Age Levels: Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

Girls of all ages will can reach new heights and feel on top of the world from the canopies of the forests. With the help of ropes, saddles, and climbing techniques, girls can experience a safe and exhilarating climb while also leaving the trees unharmed.

Rock Climbing and Rappelling

Age Levels: Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

If your Brownies or older girls aren’t interested in trees, they can climb rocks instead! Whether they want to stay indoors or explore the outdoors, girls can experience various types of climbing.

New to rock climbing? Try indoor climbing first so your girls can climb artificial rock walls with belay and harness rope courses. Once your girls have a little more experience, they can explore bouldering, and then for the most experienced climbers, multi-pitch climbing is a safe and challenging alternative.

Indoor Simulated Skydiving

Age Levels: Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

No need to pack a parachute or jump out of a plane for this skydiving adventure! Indoor simulated skydiving is the safest way to help your girls float and fly in the wind without even stepping outdoors. Your girls won’t want to miss the weightless sensation of this indoor freefall experience.

Segway Tours

Age Levels: Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

Travel in style through the city or down the boardwalk with a Segway personal transportation device where girls will get to test their balance as they lean back and forth on the electric-powered wheels. At 12.5 miles an hour, they’ll be seeing both the urban and historic areas in no time!

Shooting Sports

Age Levels: 12 years of age and older with approval from your Girl Scout council

Take aim and help your girls hit their mark! From BB guns to rifles, girls can visit their local council-approved shooting ranges to learn gun safety and shooting basics. By practicing good shooting, girls develop essential skills, such as focus, patience, and determination that will come in handy later in life.


Age Levels: Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

For a low budget excursion, backpacking is great for exploring the new urban areas or backcountry wilderness. No matter the destination, a backpacker’s primary mission is to explore on foot, while carrying all her gear in a pack and being a good steward of the land! If your girls are interested in backpacking, check out one of our.

Age Levels: Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

Your girls will literally flip and bounce off the walls at indoor trampoline parks! These parks give girls an extra spring in their steps as they jump, fly, and laugh together.

Whitewater Rafting

Age Levels: Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, Class IV rapids and below

Whether your girls are high adventure seekers or general outdoor enthusiasts, whitewater rafting is a rip-roaring experience worth diving into. The level of rafting difficulty is measured by whitewater classification, which ranges from classes I to VI. Class I represents water with very few rough areas that are suitable for beginners, while Class VI rapids are considered to be extremely dangerous and generally impassable. No matter how many times your troop has been out on the rapids, there’s always a new adventure just around the [river] bend!

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