In order to earn the Girl Scout Ranger patch, girl scouts must spend 10 hours in a park completing interpretive activities or doing service projects. The National Park Service at New River Gorge holds a Girl Scout Ranger Weekendeach year where local girl scouts are invited to spend the night at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center. Girls participate in a variety of fun and educational activities, play camp games, sing songs and roast marshmallows over a campfire, sleep overnight in a cabin, and take part in a service project.
2019In 2019 we will be holding three Girl Scout Ranger Weekends, June 8-9, June 22-23, and September 7-8. These weekends will provide an opportunity for girls to earn their Girl Scout Ranger patch. Girls will stay overnight at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center at New River Gorge National River, where they will participate in science based activities to learn about the park and its natural resources. They will also have an opportunity to earn the Space Science Investigator badge and the Night Sky Explorer Junior Ranger patch. The June weekends will be open for Brownies. The September weekend will be an extension of the Wild and Wonderful Girl Scouts event at Grandview. Registration for all three weekends will be handled by Black Diamond Girl Scout Council; check their program activity list.
2018:Sixteen Girl Scouts from all over West Virginia traveled to Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center on September 8 and 9, 2018 to take part in our third Girl Scout Ranger Weekend. The girls had to spend 10 hours participating in educational activities or service related projects to earn their Girl Scout Ranger Patch. They fulfilled these requirements by taking part in educational activities on Saturday all related to the theme of "How will I help to save my watershed." They picked up trash practicing Leave No Trace principles, learned about water conservation, and on Sunday put their thoughts to paper to hopefully inspire others to "save their watersheds." Their artwork became part of an exhibit at Sandstone Visitor Center to showcase the Girl Scout’s hard work and how they to hope to inspire others to make a difference. The girls also participated in the Night Sky Junior Ranger Program and earned their Night Explorer Junior Ranger Patch.
2017On Saturday and Sunday September 16-17 ,2017, New River Gorge National River held our second Girl Scout Ranger weekend at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center. Seventeen girls and 12 parents participated in the event. The girls all earned the Girl Scout Ranger patch and seven girls received leadership awards for helping lead the program. The girls all participated in a watershed curriculum program that incorporated learning about watersheds and water conservation while developing leadership and teamwork skills. They also did a service project at Sandstone Visitor Center where they planted coneflower and milkweed seeds in the native plant garden. After planting seeds the girls created posters about the importance of native plants and how they felt about helping care for the garden. These posters were used for a new audience-centered exhibit displayed at Sandstone Visitor Center.
To view photos from the 2017 Girl Scout Ranger Weekend, check out this photo gallery from our facebook page: 2017 Girl Scout Ranger Weekend Photo Gallery
2016In September 2016, 18 girl scouts spent the weekend at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center to earn their Girl Scout Ranger patch. Over the course of the weekend the girls learned about New River Gorge National River and the National Park Service through a series of interactive activities including fishing, a stream stomp macroinvertebrate activity, owl pellet dissection, a leave-no-trace hike, and several art activities. The girls also completed a service project planting trees in an area that had lost trees due to a wind storm. The girls all had the unique opportunity to stay overnight in cabins at the recently opened Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center. The NPS was able to help fund this program through a National Park Foundation grant.
To view photos from the 2016 Girl Scout Ranger Weekend, check out this photo gallery from our facebook page: 2016 Girl Scout Ranger Weekend Photo Gallery
Last updated: June 27, 2019