Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your favorite Girl Scout? If so, we've rounded up 12 great gift ideas—from fun experiences to Girl Scout swag to DIY masterpieces—that are sure to inspire your girl to enjoy the great outdoors this year!
Experience is the Greatest Gift of All
Ropes Courses at Skylark and Bothin!
Did you know that you don’t have to wait for summer camp for an adventure on our ropes courses? Bothin and Skylark Ranch both offer top-notch ropes course programming during the Fall and Spring seasons!
You don’t have to go far to have an outdoor adventure, and with the Girl Scout Ranger program, you can earn a badge while you’re exploring the park. Northern California is home to many gorgeous national parks and monuments. From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes National Seashore offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Redwood National Park near is home to the tallest trees on Earth, the majestic coastal redwoods, and at Lassen Volcanic National Park you will discover steaming fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Follow the link to find out more about the Girl Scout Ranger Program and find your park!
Golden Gate Bridging!
If you have a Junior that will be bridging in the spring, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Over 6,000 girls, both local and out of state, walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge as they bridge from Juniors to Cadettes, followed by an exclusive party on Crissy Field with music, snacks, and fun activity booths. P.S. Since Golden Gate is a national park, you can also earn your Girl Scout Ranger badge while here!
Join an Outdoor Interest Group!
Backpack, High Adventure, Mariner—For that girl that needs an extra dose of adventure, why not sign her up for one of our outdoor interest groups? She can challenge herself and take healthy risks while backpacking, going on high adventure trips, or learning how to sail. All Girl Scouts in grades 5-12 are welcome to join, whether they are independent Scouts or members of a traditional troop.
Get Geared Up
These neat gifts will get your girl excited for camp but still have year-round use!
GSNorCal Camp Rocks Knit Hat - $19.99
People will start calling you Roxy with this hat! Your girl will be the envy of her friends when she wears this to camp. Visit www.CampRocks.org for more Camp info!
GSNorCal Hiker Head Lamp - $6.99
Nite Hiker Head lamp provides illumination and high visibility for night-time activities, like night hikes to see the stars and reading under the covers.
GSNorCal Woods Hoodie - $28.99
It’s “all good in the woods.” Keep warm while looking cool in this cozy green hoodie with bear decal. Perfect layer for California winters and staying toasty around the fire at summer camp.
A great adventure starts with a great backpack! This compact, everyday backpack features a spacious main compartment, media pocket, dual side compression straps, extra large front mesh pocket and two side mesh pockets. Comfortable padded handle and back panel with reflective trim so your Girl Scout stays safe and comfortable while venturing in the great unknown.
Gifts You Can Make!
Crafts and DIY projects have the double benefit of meaningful side-by-side time with your girl and the creation of a heartfelt gift. Here’s some ideas to inspire your creativity.
Making holiday SWAPs for your troop members is a great way to show you care without breaking your budget. Many designs can double as an ornament. You can find all sorts of Girl Scout SWAP ideas by searching Pinterest. Here’s some of our favorites!
With a simple jar, some twine, and a string of holiday lights (safer alternative to a candle), you can create a sparkling gift for grandparents, friends, or your own little star. Watch it shine “just like a firefly glowing in the dark”!
Psst—You can listen to the full Girl Scout Anthem “Watch Me Shine” on Spotify!
The great thing about seed bombs is you can grow things even if you don’t have a backyard or garden. Package a few together to make a gift, or throw them on any bare patch of ground in your neighborhood, and watch them grow! Use California native wildflower seeds and bee-friendly flowers to be extra environmentally-friendly.
So you girl is back from a seaside adventure - but what to do with all these sticks she’s found? Upcycling found driftwood (or any other sticks) into a pretty and useful wall hanger only takes a few simple steps.