Girl Scouts sing about the importance of both tradition and innovation in Girl Scouting…”Make new friends and keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”
Girl Scout traditions include the values of the Girl Scout Promise & Law, the trained guidance of the girl-adult partnership, small-group/cooperative learning, hands-on learning-by-doing and girl-led activities that meet the needs and interests of girls.
Innovation has been a tradition in Girl Scouting. In order to meet the needs and interests of girls, new group organizing methods (such as today’s Ambassadors) or activity designs (such as Journeys) have been introduced since 1912.
Innovation responds to what is being said by adults and girls in communities throughout Girl Scouting and beyond.
Nation-wide and local research is used by local Girl Scout troops, groups, service units and council-wide decision-making to provide resources, processes, innovative methods and strategies to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to all girls 5-17 who wish to belong.
Together, we can help girls develop courage, confidence and character in order to make the world a better place.