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 to incorporate in activities when partnering with girls: Girl- Led, Cooperative Learning and Learning by Doing. These three processes promote the fun and friendship that, for nearly 100 years, have been integral to Girl Scouting. But they do even more—when girls lead, when they learn by doing and when they engage in cooperative learning, the 15 leadership outcomes (or benefits) discussed in the preceding section are far more likely to be understood and achieved. The key to achieving these results using the program processes is to ensure progression takes place as girls transition from one Girl Scout Grade Level to another. For example, Girl Scout Daisies will be guided by the adult leadership through the Learning by Doing process but when they become Girl Scout Seniors they may be guiding themselves through that process or asking much deeper questions.
This chart identifies the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, why girls participate, how they participate, how the program works in order to achieve the short- and long-term outcomes. Visit www.gsusa.org for even more information about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.