LGBTQ Girl Scouts Reflect on Their Outdoor Experiences

  • Stefanie M. Argus
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


Mainstream outdoor programmes and opportunities are not necessarily explicitly supportive or inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people. However, Girl Scouts’ recent LGBTQ-inclusive actions and policies have created space for nonheteronormative Girl Scouts to experience the outdoors in an affirming environment. Since 1912, Girl Scouts of the United States of America has promoted camping and outdoor initiatives that foster human–nature relationships. This chapter shares some common themes experienced by queer Girl Scouts reflecting on their identities in the outdoors. By centring narratives of LGBTQ individuals, this text seeks to counter the prevailing heterosexist, male-dominated stories, and notions about outdoor adventure/education.


LGBTQ Queer Girl Scouts Gender identity Sexual orientation Outdoor programmes Human–nature relationships 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefanie M. Argus
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  1. 1.Girl Experience, Girl ScoutsProvidenceUSA

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