The Program (58)
The Girl Scout program serves girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade. At all levels, the Girl Scout program emphasizes development of personal values, appreciation of others, decision-making, leadership and service. The program is adapted for each grade level and for the needs and interests of individual girls.
Welcome to this special "clubhouse" section just 4 u! Girl Scouts is THE place to hang with best friends, try new and exciting things, and grow into the young woman you want to be.
Believe anything is possible, because it is. If you can't wait to do great things, like climbing mountains, building a home for a needy family, kayaking in the ocean, saving Earth's creatures, designing the latest fashions, opening people's minds, or challenging your fears...and winning, Girl Scouts is the place for you!
We know that one girl can make a difference, but girls together can change the world!
Ask yourself, "What will I do today?" and explore what you can do in Girl Scouts by checking out GSGST's "clubhouse" just 4 u!
Girl Scout Daisies (grades K-1) go on adventures together, making new friends and learning what it means to be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Girl Scout Brownies (grades 2-3) have tons of fun and experience real girl power while exploring possibilities for the future.
- Activity: Brownie Elf Paper Doll
- Game: Color My World - Polar
- Video: What I Want to Do When I Grow Up
Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5) discover the power of girls together and help others to make the world a better place.
Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors (grades 6-12)
Teen Girl Scouts try on leadership roles and explore limitless opportunities while meeting influential role models or traveling abroad.
The Girl Scout program is fun with purpose, to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) where girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scout activities take place within the safety of an all-girl environment where girls take the lead, learn by doing, and learn cooperatively.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience: What it is
There are many ways for Girl Scouts to participate, and there are many options for what they will do - earn badges, travel, earn awards, give service to their communities, and much more. But no matter what activities Girl Scouts do, they use 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.|
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience: How it Works
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 opportunities 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 creating a sense of belonging.|
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience - Why it's Important
Whichever Pathway or activities girls choose in Girl Scouting, the programs are tied to one of 15 short-term outcomes to ensure eveyr girl receives a quality leadership experience. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is what leadership "looks like" for girls and empowers them to:
Transforming Leadership, a book published by GSUSA, outlines the Discover-Connect-Take Action framework of the 15 outcomes, and helps adults to understand how girls will benefit from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience now and in the future.
The Girl Scout Promise and Law are shared by every member of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout Promise is the way Girl Scouts agree to act every day toward one another and other people, and the Girl Scout Law outlines a way to act towards one another and the world.
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting is a colorful, easy-to-use binder for girls at each program level. It's includes the handbook and badges, plus a "My Girl Scouts" section for girls to find fun activities and ways to customize their Girl Scout experience.
The book has three main sections:
- Girl Scout Handbook to introduce girls to traditions, stories, and uniforms, as well as awards they are eligible to earn at their level
- Girl Scout Badges that lists requirements for earning Legacy, Cookie Program, and Financial Literacy badges, with room for girls to insert additional skill-building badge requirements according to their interests
- My Girl Scouts with fun resources for bringing their Girl Scout experience to life, and where girls can insert their own records of their Girl Scout experience
|Click here to download tips for using the Girl's Guides with Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors.||Click to download tips for using the Girls' Guides with Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.|
What is a Leadership Journey?
A leadership journey is the exciting new way of working with girls in a series of themed activities focused on building specific leadership skills. Journeys generally are designed in a six to eight session framework, and are fully customizable by girls and volunteers. In partnership with girls, volunteers can add outings, celebrations, badges, and explorations that suit the journey’s theme and the girls’ interests. Journeys can be stretched over a Girl Scout year or done over the course of a few weeks or months. While journeys offer plenty of choices for girls, the companion adult guides will provide the “roadmap” volunteers want.
A key part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, journeys are a coordinated series of activities grouped around a theme. Each journey is tied to Girl Scouts' 15 national outcomes for girls. These outcomes are integral to the three leadership keys, Discover, Connect, and Take Action.
Journey workshops are available to introduce Journey programs to prepare volunteers to offer the best Journey experience possible to their girls! Check the Calendar for Journey Workshops happening in your area.
Fun, friendship, challenges, active leadership.
That's a Girl Scout Journey.
That's making the world a better place.
(Click to learn more about each one!)
This series engages girls in a critical thinking process related to identifying and researching issues they care about.
|This series invites girls of every age on an adventure to explore the wonders of Earth as they enjoy the natural world.||This series invites girls to tell their story through creative expression, building self-esteem in girls while exploring today's media.|
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
Community Service is one of the core values of Girl Scouting. Volunteers and Girl Scouts of all ages are encouraged to participate in service projects that will have a real impact on their communities. Girls can choose projects that reflect their own interests, large or small, and work as individuals or as a group. It is especially important for all adult volunteers to coach girls on identifying local needs they care about and guide girls in reflecting on what they’re learning. To apply the Discover, Connect, and Take Action keys, volunteers ensure that girls develop leadership values and skills while reaching out to others. By continuing our long tradition of helping others, we can fulfill the Girl Scout mission in a visible way in our communities.
- Download a basic hour log for girls to track hours
- Go to the Forms page to download the Troop Finance Report, which includes a community service hour log for Troops
- Always check the Safety Activity Checkpoints to follow safety guidelines for your service activities.
Community Service Opportunities
Participate in Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas’s annual service project, the collection of new underwear, socks, and diapers for children in the care of the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. This service project takes place each year in the month of October. Visit the patch programs webpage to see the patch for this project.
Keep Texas Beautiful
Keep Texas Beautiful’s Youth Patch program offers patches for youth who participate in Great American Clean-up, America Reycles Day, or other Keep Texas Beautiful programs. Patches available for sale directly from keep Texas Beautiful.