Overview of Girl Scout Program (4)
Have you ever looked around your neighborhood or school and wondered how you could make a change for the better? Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives you the chance to show that you are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community. Download the Silver Award Guidelines by clicking on the image below to find out how.
Girls must be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade (or equivalent) and a registered Girl Scout Cadette
Complete a Cadette Journey
Not all projects will require the same length of time to complete from planning to sharing and celebration. The time it takes to earn the awards will depend on the nature of the project, the size of the team, and the support of the community. Quality projects should be emphasized over quantity of hours. After the journey(s) requirement is fulfilled, the suggested minimum number of hours to use as a guide is:
The Silver Award -- suggested minimum 50 hours
The Girl Scout program can change 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, the Three Keys to leadership of discover, connect and take action, and the Three Processes of girl-led, learn by doing, and cooperative learning.
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.
Council programs provide an opportunity for girls to experience Girl Scouting beyond the troop and with any of the flexible pathways. By developing collaborations with local community resources, the council can provide programs that often are not available at the troop or service unit level. Girls come together from all areas of the council to enjoy the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. The In Motion Program Guide has three editions published each year (Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring, and Summer), and gives details of the many program opportunities and events offered.
Learn more about Girl Scout programs!
Journeys - Here you'll learn about the Girl Scout journeys, which invite girls to explore a theme through many experiences and from many perspectives.
Special Interest - Here you can find information on council patch programs, special Girl Scout days, ongoing program collaboratives, and lots more!
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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.