Girl Scout Program
The Girl Scout program changes the way girls see the world and their place in it. Girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment. The Girl Scout program is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law and four fundamental goals that encourage girls to:
- Develop to her full potential.
- Relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect.
- Develop values to guide her actions and to provide the foundation for sound decision-making.
- Contribute to the improvement of society through the use of her abilities and leadership skills, working in cooperation with others.
Through a working partnership with adult leaders and advisors, Girl Scouts encourages girls to develop qualities of responsible citizenship, cross-cultural understanding, service to the community and to her own religion, as well as positive interaction with her family and friends. These are used to lay a foundation for responsible action as women.
Girl Scout program is carried out in many different settings in the troop, in the community, in a wide variety of outdoor settings, through service unit events, council sponsored programs, and national and international trips.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
From the very beginning, Girl Scouts has been about developing girls' leadership. Now we're doing it better than ever with national, outcomes-based program activities that give girls the specific knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that will make them leaders in their own lives and in their communities.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience develops leaders by using the three keys to leadership in conjunction with the Three Processes.
The Three Keys to Leadership
- Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
- Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
- Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.
The Three Processes
- Girl-Led: Girls play an active part in what, when, where, and how they do activities.
- Learn by Doing: Girls use hands-on learning experiences to engage in an ongoing cycle of action and reflection.
- Cooperative Learning: Girls work together toward shared goals.
Journeys have been designed using the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to offer exciting challenges, real-life stories, and creative projects while letting girls meet new people, make memories, earn leadership awards, and have fun! There are three different leadership journey series:
The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
Everyone knows that Girl Scouts have badges. But the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting has more than just exciting, new badges for every grade level. Each guide contains:
- A colorful, easy-to-use binder specially designed for girls at each level. The binder comes chock full of essential information and badge activities—plus girls get to customize their own experience by choosing and adding in additional badge sets.
- Legacy, Financial Literacy, and Cookie Business badge activities—or, for Girl Scout Daisies, petal and leaf activities. For more information about the National Proficiency badges, check out How the National Program Portfolio Works.
- A detailed diagram showing where girls place the badges, pins, or awards with pride on their vests or sashes.
- Ideas to help girls tie their badges right into their Journeys.
- Vintage illustrations and quotes from Girl Scout history to help girls feel connected to the proud traditions of the past.
- An awards log showing girls every award and badge available at their level, as well as the entire badge program at every level, so girls can see how their skills will grow in Girl Scouting.
Girl Scout Pathways
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) recently developed a more flexible model for participation in Girl Scouting. Pathways correspond with the exciting work of GSUSA's Core Business Strategy to create nationally consistent and flexible ways for girls and adults to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
The freedom to choose how girls will participate in Girl Scouts has never been so easy! By dividing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience into six different pathways, girls are able to determine their own journeys and experiences. Girls can participate in all, one, or any combination of pathways depending on their interests.
- Camp - Outdoor fun and learning is a very traditional Girl Scout activity that many girls enjoy! Day camps and camporees are offered throughout our council. Troops also camp throughout the year. - Outdoor fun and learning is a very traditional Girl Scout activity that many girls enjoy! Day camps and camporees are offered throughout our council. Troops also camp throughout the year.
- Events - Events take place in a morning, afternoon, or sometimes over the course of a few days! They appeal to girls of all ages and sometimes even include the whole family!
- Series - These are fun-packed short term groups that meet for 6-8 sessions and focus on a specific topic of interest. Girls like to participate in a series because they can participate for a short time, schedule it around other activities, and complete one or several series within a year's time.
- Travel - Travel is much more than going places! It is an opportunity to build leadership skills through travel planning, budgeting, organizing, and teamwork.
- Troops - The troop options is still very appealing to girls and is often the best option for girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade. These girls love to socialize in small groups and do things together. In a troop they meet often throughout the year, earn badges together, go places, have sleepovers, complete Take Action projects, learn entrepreneurship, and plan together. Girls often stay in the same troop year after year as they grow.
- Virtual - In Development
The flexibility of Pathways will allow adults to participate in Girl Scouting based on their lifestyle and availability—whether the adult prefers to partner directly with girls throughout a membership year, participate for only a few weeks or months, or work with other adults in a variety of roles.
Fill out the "Become a Girl Scout" form and join Girl Scouts today!