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Every Girl in a Tent Challenge

We're celebrating Girl Scouts' 100-year-plus camping legacy and we want you to take part! Challenge yourself to experience the outdoors by spending a night under the stars between November 17, 2018 - October 31, 2019.

Earn an exclusive glow-in-the-dark Every Girl in a Tent patch for any outdoor overnight stay in a non-permanent structure (think tent, hammock, or yurt) with your troop, family, or Girl Scout sisters.

Why It's Important

Outdoor education is one of the four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Every Girl in a Tent continues a strong tradition in camping and learning outdoor principles, such as Leave No Trace. Camping experiences and programs like Every Girl in a Tent afford every girl the opportunity to:

  • Explore nature and learn to appreciate and protect the outdoors
  • Be challenged to grow in new ways and become better problem solvers
  • Unplug from screens and social media - and know that it's okay to take a break
  • Develop leadership skills and become team players
  • Over 40 outdoor badges to earn
  • Have fun exploring and building social bonds within a safe space like Girl Scouts

Taking a troop? Make sure you've had Troop Camper Training and any other outdoor trainings necessary. Make sure you've submitted form #585F at least 4 weeks prior.

Plan Your Trip

Never spent a night outdoors before? No problem! Use these basic steps to get started.

  1. Decide where and when you will camp. Remember, only non-permanent structures count (like a tent or sleeping in the open air under the stars).
  2. Create a packing list. See our suggestion below.
  3. Plan your menu and create a shopping list.
  4. Review helpful resources like Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  5. Taking a troop? Make sure you've had Troop Camper Training and any other outdoor trainings necessary. Make sure you've submitted form #585F at least 4 weeks prior.
  6. Plan your activities. Hiking? Singing around the campfire? Bird watching? Simple card or board games? The possibilities are endless!
General Packing List

Here is a basic packing list to get you started - customize to fit your needs!

Group Gear Individual Girl Gear
  • Tents
  • Food
  • Cooking gear
  • Wash bins/biodegradable soap
  • Matches/lighter
  • Flashlights/lantern
  • Compass
  • Map
  • First aid kit
  • Water
  • Garbage bags
  • Backpack
  • Clothing/shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Water bottle
  • Mess kit (plate, bowl, fork, spoon)
  • Sleeping bag/pillow
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sunscreen/insect repellent
  • Towel
  • Rain gear
Get Your Patch

Get Your Patch and Share Your Story

After your trip, tell us about it! To get your patch, complete the form below and share a photo. Don't forget to tag us on social media with #EveryGirlInATentGSEOK.

The exclusive glow-in-the-dark Every Girl in a Tent patch can be requested after camping at least one night in a non-permanent structure.


Challenge FAQs

What types of structures count towards Every Girl in a Tent?
Any outdoor, non-permanent structure counts.

  • Tent
  • Hammock
  • Yurt
  • Tarp Shelter
  • Platform Tent
  • Open-air/sleeping bag under the stars

What types of structures would not count towards Every Girl in a Tent?
Any permanent structure, such as a cabin, camper, or lodge.

Is there a cost for the patch?
No. The patch is free to current girl members of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.

Can I participate in Every Girl in a Tent with my family? 
Yes, girls can earn the Every Girl in a Tent patch by participating in family trips.

Can I request a patch for each member of my family? Can adults get the patch? 
The patches are available for only Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma girl members at this time.

Can a girl request the Every Girl in a Tent patch more than once?
Girls may request the Every Girl in a Tent patch once per program level. Example: she earns the patch this year as a 2nd grade Girl Scout Brownie, then she can work towards earning the patch again as a 4th grade Girl Scout Junior. 

Can I request our Every Girl in a Tent patch before our camping trip?
Please submit the form after your trip. We want to hear about your trip and what you learned!

Can girls from other councils request or purchase the Every Girl in a Tent patch?
No. This patch is only available to girls who are members in Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. Check with your own council to see what patch options they may offer.

How often are the patches mailed if the program goes all year?
The patch request form is open year-round. Due dates for each mailing are listed below. If you submit your form after one of the due dates, your patches will simply be mailed the next time around.

  • January 31
  • May 31
  • July 31
  • October 31

Who should track participation?
Participation is “on your honor.” Troops and/or families are responsible for tracking number of nights camped.

We camped for five nights last year, prior to the launch of Every Girl in a Tent – can we request the patch?
No. Only trips that were taken after November 1, 2018 count towards the Every Girl in a Tent Challenge.