Girl Scouts has joined forces with the National Park Service to launch the Girl Scout Ranger Program, giving girls everywhere access to monuments, seashores, urban sites, and so much more.
The program is filled with opportunity for unique park experiences, awesome service and education projects, and even cool badges and patches to earn.
Here are five easy steps to earn your Ranger patch!
1. Choose a National Park Service site.
Visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm and choose a national park or a monument. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.
In Arizona, there are places like the Grand Canyon, Hohokam Pima, Montezuma Castle, and Yuma Crossing that are worth exploring. Check out more national parks in Arizona, here.
2. Imagine Yourself in a National Park.
Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge or a night sky project interests you.
3. Contact the park and make a plan.
Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s website under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Girl Scout. Ask if there is someone who works with the Girl Scout Ranger program or a volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator. Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your goals.
4. Go to the park and have fun!
If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far away to visit, create a Take Action Project.
Learn more about becoming a Girl Scout Ranger by clicking here!