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Girl Scout Leadership Experience

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The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes, or benefits, categorized under 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 Girl Scout Leadership Experience provides three processes for adults partnering with girls to incorporate: Girl Led, Cooperative, Learning by Doing.

girl scout leadership experience

Experts in youth development experts believe girls want and value leadership opportunities where they can learn by doing and that involve cooperation with others. This more inclusive and empowering model of shared leadership encourages girls to take an increased responsibility for designing and implementing activities, resulting in opportunities for them to see how their actions can impact the lives of others.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience applies the following concepts in our partnership with girls to strengthen their leadership development:

Girl-Led: Girls play an active part in figuring out the what, where, when, how, and why of their activities.

Learning By Doing: Girls engage in continuous cycles of action and reflection that result in deeper understanding of concepts and mastery of practical skills.

Cooperative Learning: Girls work together toward shared goals in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration that encourages the sharing of skills, knowledge, and learning.

One of the core components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience are the leadership Journeys – coordinated series of activities grouped around general themes, such as community service, earth science, and self-expression.

All Journeys invite girls to explore a specific leadership theme in ways appropriate to their developmental stage. They are designed to encourage development of the three leadership keys, to guide leaders in promoting the partnership processes, and are each tied to specific leadership benefits. By doing the journeys, we are effortlessly delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Benefits: With a focus on activities that promote Discover, Connect, and Take Action development, in a learning environment that is Girl-Led, Cooperative, emphasizes Experiential Learning and Reflection, we are on track to achieving specific and measurable short-term and intermediate benefits, or outcomes.