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All Hail the Trails!

May 31, 2013

National Trails Day page on americanhiking.orgAs Girl Scouts, we love the outdoors, and learn lots of essential adventure skills when we hike, trek, trail blaze, and camp. Those winding trails take us safely—and scenically!—from one place to another in the great outdoors.

But trails don’t just pop up out of nowhere, and they don’t take care of themselves. Maintaining existing trails, and developing new ones, takes a lot of careful planning and dedicated labor. So National Trails Day (NTD), held the first Saturday in June, is our time to honor the important work that thousands of volunteers do each year to take care of America’s trails.

After 20 years, this event is going strong. Past annual themes have included “Made with All Natural Ingredients” (2011) and “America’s Largest Trailgating Party” (2012). And this year’s NTD will be held on June 1. People of all ages—from every state and walk of life (literally!)—will be out enjoying their local trails to raise awareness of trail issues, and to feel the love for the great outdoors.

Promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States with a healthy variety of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, bird watching, geocaching, and more. Brownies working on their Hiker badges, Juniors working on Camper badges, Cadettes working on Trailblazing badges, and Seniors working on Adventurer badges can all get a lot accomplished—and you might even find inspiration for a Forever Green Take Action project!

America’s 200,000 miles of trails give us many routes to roam, and a lot to be thankful for. Click here to find an event near you and get involved today!