Girl Scout Patch Program Recognized
The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden received recognition at the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, or GSHCC, inaugural annual fundraising event, “Gather and Give,” on October 20, 2023 at the Old Sugar Mill, in Clarksburg. The memorable evening celebrated the essence of what it means to be a Girl Scout, emphasizing the importance of programs that enhance the well-being and leadership growth of girls, while raising funds to make it possible for more underserved girls to participate in Girl Scouts.
One of the highlights of the event was a speech from LeShelle May, event chair, wife of UC Davis’ Chancellor Gary May and highly accomplished computer engineer. In her remarks, May recognized the first ever UC Davis Girl Scout patch, which focuses on the health benefits girls can gain from being in nature.
The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden designed the “Healthy Outside” patch curriculum, inspired by its work with the Healthy UC Davis Initiative, in collaboration with Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. That patch was the first to be developed as part of a two-year MOU between UC Davis and GSHCC. May took the stage to spotlight this initiative, showcasing the profound impact it has on the girls involved as well as acknowledging the Arboretum and Public Garden’s contribution to this program, stating that outdoor learning has the power to create a positive impact on young minds and may even lead to a lifetime of exploration and environmental stewardship.
The Healthy Outside Girl Scout patch curriculum introduces young girls to ways they can improve their mental and physical health and well-being through outdoor activities such as observing the natural world, doing exercise outside and spending time with family and friends in nature. It encourages them to explore the environment to improve their mood and strengthen social ties.
Girl Scouts, or any outdoor enthusiast, are welcome to participate in the program and experience the profound benefits of being “Healthy Outside.” For more information, visit our web page about the program at: arboretum.ucdavis.edu/girl-scouts.