Downloadable Resources for Teachers and Groups Leaders

Lesson Ideas for Teachers (PDF)
A resource for teachers and group leaders to prepare students in the classroom for an Outdoor Hostel Adventure.

Tips for a No-Waste Lunch (PDF)
How to plan for and prepare low-impact, no-waste lunches for your Outdoor Hostel Adventure treks on the trail.

Green Trip Tip Sheet (PDF)
More tips for ensuring low-impact travel during your Outdoor Hostel Adventure.

Fundraising Tips (PDF)
Simple ideas for raising funds to pay for your Outdoor Hostel Adventure.

Resources for Girl Scouts

Hostelling International USA and Girl Scouts USA have collaborated since the 1930s when our hostels began to provide Girl Scouts with fun and educational travel opportunities. Together we have helped generations of girls build life skills and promote understanding.

Every year, hundreds of Girl Scout troops choose Hostelling International for a safe, clean, and fun base for a group trip, Service Unit event, or STUDIO 2B destination, or as a way to earn Girl Scout badges and patches.

Created through a partnership between HI USA and Girl Scouts, the Discover the World patch combines Travel Education workshops with an overnight hostel stay. For more, please see Travel Education workshops.

In addition the Outdoor Hostel Adventure (OHA) program and our Travel Education workshops include activities that can be applied toward earning a variety Girl Scouts patches and badges. Download Patches and Badges for Girl Scouts Using Hostels (PDF) for a list of opportunities.

Other Resources

Action For Nature
Action For Nature is an international nonprofit organization based in San Francisco whose mission is to encourage young people to take personal action to nurture and protect a healthy environment, on which all life depends. Action For Nature's annual International Young Eco Hero Awards honors and provides support for the environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16, from around the world.  

Bay Area Discovery Museum
With the educational motto "Our Place by the Bay," the Bay Area Discovery Museum's mission is to educate children and serve as a resource for parents, educators, and all who seek to enrich the lives of children.

Bay Area Wilderness Training
Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) is a project of the nonprofit Earth Island Institute. The mission of BAWT is to create opportunities for urban youth to experience wilderness firsthand. BAWT's primary strategy for achieving its mission is to provide Bay Area youth agency staff with wilderness leadership training and outdoor equipment so that they, along with the youth they serve, may explore the power and beauty of California's wilderness.

Golden Gate National Parks Native Plant Nursery
The Golden Gate National Parks Native Plant Nursery exists to support ecological restoration in the parks, to build a sense of community stewardship for the parks, and to teach young people (grades 6-12) the themes of environmental sustainability and restoration.

Slide Ranch
Every bite of the food we eat connects us to soil, sun, water, and air, and to the people who work to feed us. Slide Ranch teaches respect and responsibility for sustaining these connections. Slide Ranch offers day and overnight programs for all ages, including group trips, summer camps, family programs, teaching internships, teacher trainings, and site rentals.