Troop Camper Part 1 training (total video time 36.95 minutes)
Prerequisite to this course: Overnight Orientation Self-Study. (Info & test can be found on our website: www.gsnnj.org>volunteer>volunteer training>overnight orientation
*First Name:
*Last Name:
*Street Address:
*City, State, Zip code
*Cell phone #:
*Service Unit Name:
*Troop #:
Please type 5-digit troop # ONLY. Please do NOT include school, service unit or Girl Scout level.
Pre-requisite to this course: Overnight Orientation Self Study. The online self-study/test can be found on our website www.gsnnj.org > Volunteer > Volunteer Training > Overnight Orientation. Troop Camper Certification is a two-part course. Both parts must be completed for you to be certified. • Part 1 is a 2 1/2-hour in person session that covers skills, planning, safety, and outdoor cooking materials OR can be completed through this online version. • Part 2 is a 6 1/2 hour outdoor experience that covers propane stoves, fire building, outdoor cooking, camping skills, and hiking. • Please note: There is a $9 per person fee to cover expenses for part 2 of this course.
In order to answer the Troop Camper Part 2 online quiz, you must watch several videos on visiting the outdoors and camping. Copy & paste the following Link into your internet browser to access the VIDEOS: http://www.girlscouts.org/en/adults/volunteer/volunteer-resources/outdoor-resources.html, OR VIEW THEM on the GSNNJ website (www.gsnnj.org>volunteer>volunteer training>troop camper training; scroll to the bottom of the page for videos.
1. Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls Watch video(4.17)
At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls' outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment as they grow. The Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart (PDF)is a tool you can use as you advance girls' skills in an age-appropriate way.
*1-1 Which of the following are NOT part of the steps in developing outdoor skills?

*1-2 Which of the following are the three processes?

*1-3 What should you "let go of"?

2. Taking the Journeys Outside Watch video (3.26)
It's easy to take a Girl Scout Journey outside. Each Journey is full of fun, interactive activities that can easily go outdoors and inspire girls to love and protect the planet.
*2-1 According to the video, which activity/activities would be age appropriate for a Daisy Girl Scout Journey?

*2-2 Which activities would be suitable to be part of a Brownie Girl Scout Journey?

3. Planning your Troop's First Campout Watch video (4.46)
In order to have a great campout, you need to plan ahead-and be prepared. One of the parts of planning a campout is deciding where to camp. If you are going to camp at one of GSNNJ's camps, you can find information, pictures of the properties and a calendar of available dates on the website. Go to:www.gsnnj.org>camp>reserve camp day/overnight>choose the camp you are interested in. Use the calendar to find an open date. Click on "more" to see pictures. Use the drop down menu to book activities and/or day use. At the time of booking, a 30% deposit is required . Credit card or e-check payments are accepted.
*3-1 What are some of the steps to helping the girls plan their first campout?

4. Introduction to Campsite Set-Up Watch video (4.39)
*4-1 "Before You Hit the Road", pack all the camping basics. Which one would you NOT include?

*4-2 Some things to think about when you are setting up your camp should include all of the following except?

4-3 With the girls, look around your campsite. Do which of the following (if not an established campsite)?

*4-4 A shower curtain can be used as which of the following?

*4-5 A safe, efficient campsite is important when camping. Which of the following are part of your campsite set up?

*4-6 If you can, give each girl a map of the campsite. Explore the campsite with the girls. Which of the following do you NOT need to find on your map?

*4-7 What else should you go over with the girls upon your arrival at camp?
Go over safety rules and the schedule for the trip. Review Leave No Trace principles. Go over the activities the girls have planned. Show everyone the kaper chart or make one with the girls.

*4-8 Which of the following should NOT be done?
Pack up the campsite using the "Leave No Trace" principles. A Girl Scout always leaves a place better than when she found it.

5. Introduction to Cooking Outdoors Watch video (5.43)
Propane, charcoal, box ovens - there are so many choices when cooking outside. There are many delicious possibilities. Tasty! Explore cooking methods.
*5-1 Which of the following would you NOT use on your outdoor camping trip?

*5-2 Start with an easy method of cooking outdoors like a one-pot meal and gradually try other methods on subsequent camping trips. Which of the following are methods of outdoor cooking?

*5-3 If you are cooking on a campfire, you will need all but which of the following?

*5-4 If you are cooking on a portable stove, you will need a stove & propane. If using a box oven, what will you need?

*5-5 With the girls' help, plan the menu. Which is easier?

*5-6 Where might you find cooking ideas and recipes?

*5-7 Which should you NOT do when packing food for your trip?

*5-8 What are some things to do when your arrive at camp?

*5-9 A successful camping trip should include food, fire and friendship. Which of the following should NOT be included?

6. How to Leave No Trace Outdoors Watch video (4.06)
Girl Scouts should practice Leave No Trace camping. Pack it in - Pack it out! Find out what to do with the garbage at your campsite. At GSNNJ camps, a locking dumpster is supplied for your convenience. Ask the site manager where it is located.
*6-1 Which of the following is NOT one of the seven principles for Leave No Trace camping?

*6-2 To plan ahead and prepare, you might want to do which of the following?

*6-3 What should you do with an orange peel?

*6-4 Leave what you find. You found a very beautiful orange plant while camping. What should you do?

*6-5 What ways can you minimize your campfire impact?

*6-6 Respect wildlife. What should you NOT do while you are camping?

*6-7 Be considerate of other visitors. Let nature be the loudest sound you hear. Some campsites have a "quiet" time already set. Check your paperwork to see what the quiet time is where you are camping. What would be a good "quiet" time for your troop when camping?

7. Introduction to Fire Building
To ensure a fun campfire experience and help minimize impact on the environment, provide basic skills on Leave No Trace ethics, wood gathering, types of fire building methods, and how to start and extinguish a campfire properly. Know your location. Is a campfire allowed? Do you need a permit? If you are camping at a GSNNJ camp property, the rangers will take care of a fire permit for you.
*7-1 Which is NOT something to remember when building a campfire?

*7-2 Which of the following will you need when gathering materials for your campfire?

*7-3 Tinder is the smallest pieces of wood. A good way to remember is tinder starts with the letter "t" and is "tiny". Which is NOT a good example of tinder?
Kindling is about 6-12 inches long and as thick as an adult's thumb. Fuel are larger pieces of wood, about the size of an adult wrist. If you are camping at a GSNNJ camp, "fuel" (split wood logs) are provided for you.

*7-4 Share safety tips. The following is NOT a fire safety tip:

*7-5 To start building a campfire, make the following letter:

*7-6 When building a campfire, make sure to leave air spaces. Which of the following in not a type of fire?

*7-7 Which of the following methods should NOT be used to put out a campfire?

8. Outdoor Songs & Games Watch video (5.07)
You can find songs and games on the internet. There are Girl Scout troops who sing songs on you tube, so you can learn the tune and even hand motions if there are any. You can find tips on how to teach songs and games to girls in the outdoors, and resources available to learn more about Girl Scout songs and games. Older Girl Scout troops in your community will sometimes teach younger troops the songs they know.
*8-1 Girl Scouts use songs while doing the following activities except which one?

*8-2 Which are good song teaching tips?

*8-3 Bring on the games! Which is NOT a good game to play outdoors?

Other Important Information for Camping
• Remember to check yourself for ticks after outings and have the girls check themselves. • You can make your own firestarters. Some examples are: pine cones covered with wax, cardboard egg carton filled halfway with sawdust or dryer lint and melted wax. Tear apart to use. Check the internet for more ideas. Directions can also be found in the book “Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting”. • What to put in your first aid kit can be found in the book “Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting”. • Kaper charts help divide all the jobs that need to be done at camp. You can find examples in the book “Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting”. You can also find ideas on the internet. Just google kaper chart.
The Most Important Info to Remember
• What do the girls want to do on their trip? ASK! You will find that everyone has ideas for activities. There are many ways to do this. Write all ideas on a big sheet of paper or, play the you must choose game. Have all the girls stand in the middle of the room. Ask a question such as, if you want to sleep in a tent go to the left, if you want to sleep in a building, go to the right. You must choose one or the other. You can throw in fun things like what kind of ice cream you like. More ideas can be found on the internet.
Outdoor Dishwashing Made Easy (and safe!)
Each girl should be responsible for cleaning and sterilizing her own dishes and utensils unless you are using disposable items. You will need to have three dishpans or buckets or a combination of dishpans and buckets. • Using a rubber scraper, scrape any food into a garbage bag. Never scatter food scraps around the campsite. If you do, you may attract unwanted wildlife. • Wash dishes and silverware in hot, soapy water. • Rinse in a second dishpan or bucket of clear water. • Place dishes and silverware in a dunk bag and immerse in boiling water for several minutes. Or use a small amount or bleach in the water to sanitize the dishes. Check the label for the amount of bleach. • Hang the dunk bags on a line to dry. • When the girls have finished their dishes, the clean-up group washes the pots, utensils, etc. using the same method. Place on a table to air dry. • Strain the wash and rinse water to remove all food particles and residue. • Dump the water on the ground away from any pathways and camping areas. • Wipe out all the dishpans, rinse sponges and put away all equipment. Don’t know what a dunk bag is, google it or look in the book “Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting”. • When you are setting up a handwashing station, you can use a bar of soap in a stocking, or use a pump hand soap dispenser. You can sit the pump on a table, a tree stump or tie it to a tree with a rope or belt.


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