Girl Scouts is fun with a purpose. The goal of all Girl Scouting is to develop leadership skills in girls, and to meet our mission: to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. This experience, of what we do, how we do it, and why – is called the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), and it is unique to Girl Scouting.
There are many ways for Girl Scouts to participate, and there are many options for what they will do – earn badges, travel, go on trips, earn awards, give service to their communities, complete Journeys, etc. But no matter what activities Girl Scouts do, their Girl Scout activities use the Three Keys:
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.
We know that how girls complete activities is just as important as what activities they complete. That’s why Girl Scout program uses three processes that give girls the opportunity to practice and develop leadership.
Girl-led – Girls in every level take an active role in deciding what, where, when, why, and how they’ll do activities. This process, as part of an adult-girl partnership, supports girls’ empowerment and decision-making abilities.
Learn By Doing – Hands-on learning engages girls in an ongoing cycle of action and reflection, as they master skills and learn new concepts. This learning is more memorable and meaningful.
Cooperative Learning – Girls share knowledge, skills, and experiences in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation. Girls work together to meet common goals, while engaging individual girls’ talents and creativing a sense of belonging.
The entire Girl Scout program, regardless of the exact topic or pathway, is designed to meet 15 short-term outcomes. Girls will:
- Discover a strong sense of self
- Develop positive values
- Gain practical life skills
- Seek challenges in the world
- Develop critical thinking
- Develop healthy relationships
- Promote cooperation and team building
- Resolve conflicts
- Advance diversity in a multicultural world
- Feel connected to their communities, locally and globally
- Identify community needs
- Become resourceful problem solvers
- Advocate for themselves and others
- Educate and inspire others to act
- Feel empowered to make a difference in the world
To find out more about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, you can watch a video created by Girl Scouts of the USA at: www.girlscouts.org/gsle