How? Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, going on awesome trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects.
At Girl Scouts, she’ll get to lead her own adventure (it’s her world!) and team up with other girls in an all-girl environment to choose the exciting, hands-on activities that interest her most.
The idea is to learn by doing, and at Girl Scouts, she’ll do lots of it.
She’ll be inspired to discover her talents and passions in a safe and supportive all-girl setting. She’ll join with other Girl Scouts and people in her community—and together, they’ll take action to change the world.
Along the way, she’ll gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:
- Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM): become better problem-solvers, critical thinkers and inspirational leaders; get better grades, earn scholarships and follow more lucrative career paths; see STEM as the foundation for a meaningful and successful future.
- Outdoors: discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges; develop leadership skills, build social bonds and are happier overall; become team players and care more about protecting our environment.
- Life Skills: which will help the girls grow involves civic engagement, community service, healthy relationships and financial literacy.
- Entrepreneurship: girls gain essential life skills and work as a team to accomplish common goals and solve problems while building the confidence they need to shine as girls, as young women and as future leaders.
The Result? A Lifetime of Leadership!
At Girl Scouts, “Can I?” quickly turns into “I will!” as girls transform their ideas into action, turn their questions into adventure, and grow their confidence through practice. And with more than 60 million other G.I.R.L.s to cheer them on every step of the way, there’s no limit to what they can—and will—accomplish.
In fact, being a Girl Scout helps girls thrive in five key ways. As a Girl Scout, she:
- Develops a strong sense of self
- Displays positive values
- Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks
- Forms and maintains healthy relationships
- Learns to identify and solve problems in her community
With Girl Scouts, she’ll do more than she ever thought she could, dream bigger than she ever imagined, and—oh, yeah—change the world, for herself and for others.
Who knew rock climbing, building robots, or selling cookies could help her do all that?
Delivering Fun with Purpose
To bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to life, activities are led by girls themselves, feature cooperative learning, and highlight learning by doing. Girls come up with their own ideas, build teams, and experience the joy of making a positive impact.
At Girl Scouts, she will:
- Discover: Find out who she is, what she cares about and what her talents are
- Connect: Collaborate with other people, both locally and globally, to learn from others and expand her horizons.
- Take Action: Do something to make the world a better place.
As Girl Scouts progress from Daisy to Ambassador, the awards they earn symbolize new and higher levels of achievement—and ultimately a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader.
Some awards are related to specific activities (the Global Action award, for example), while others, like the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award, recognize larger projects that girls complete with their troop or on their own. And based on their achievements, Girl Scouts can qualify for special scholarships, or even be selected as one of GSUSA’s National Young Women of Distinction.
All the steps girls take toward earning awards are built into every part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Guidebooks for parents and volunteers also suggest meaningful ways to help girls celebrate earning awards and reflect on their accomplishments.
Handy Tips for Parents
Get in on the excitement! Please consider becoming a Girl Scout leader and join the Norcross II Service Unit. Adult guides for each Girl Scout grade level provide assistance for coaching girls along the way. The guides include a Journey overview, tips for choosing and conducting activities, details on awards and badges, and links to multimedia and online resources. See samples.