By Colleen Buck
Fall is a busy time of firsts – first day of school, first soccer practice, first time meeting new friends, the list goes on! With all of those firsts, it is also a great time for Girl Scouts to experience some firsts together while embracing the change of seasons and getting to know new and old Girl Scout friends. You can even add an additional layer of fun to your troop’s fall activities by incorporating a fun patch that goes along with the activity for the girls to remember the fun they had.
As you are thinking of fun fall activities to share with your girls, we have compiled a list of ideas for you to use. Some of our favorite well-known and not so well known ideas are listed. If your troop is extra-adventurous, you can take our challenge of completing all of these activities!
- Experience a hayride
- Go to an orchard to pick apples
- Try some delicious apple cider at the apple orchard
- Hold a troop investiture
- Go to a pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins together
- Have a pumpkin decorating showcase or contest
- Attend a GSHPA program in person or virtually
- Go on a nature walk to find items to use while working on your Outdoor Art badge!
- Compile recipes for the best fall drink, shop for the ingredients, then have a taste test party
- Plan and throw a big birthday party for Juliette Gordon Low (Oct 31)
- Attend or participate in a fall community parade
- Combine fun and community service, and offer to rake the leaves for an elderly neighbor
- Plan and make a Troop “Friendsgiving” Dinner and invite families to join in the fun of eating it
- If all of the girls in your troop celebrate Halloween, have a costume troop meeting and take lots of pictures
- Plan a community service project together
- Pair up with another troop to exchange SWAPS
- Have a bonfire
- Learn how to cook over a fire – s’mores or popcorn are good fall campfire snacks!
- Go on a hike
- Learn how to sew, knit or crochet
- Visit a GSHPA camp property and get outdoors
- Have a movie night
- Have a fall themed craft party
- Plan a Take Action Project
If your troop takes our challenge of completing all of these fabulous fall activities, you can use the attached PDF to keep track of what you have completed. If your troop is going to take the challenge, sound off in the comments to let us know what you are most looking forward to!