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Girl Scout Leadership Experience

What did you do today? The Girl Scout Leadership Experience provides you with fun and exciting Journeys through Pathways so you can be confident to not only be a leader among friends but to put you in charge of you!

Join Girl Scouts today and soon you'll be saying the Pathways connect you to friends and the Journeys lead you to find out who  you really are and how you fit into your community.

Imagine a world where girls' dreams are limitless, where Journeys lead them to discover who they are, where Pathways connect them to friends, and where their Voices are always heard... Imagine the Girl Scout Leadership Experience!
With input from girls, the Girl Scout community, and youth development experts, Girl Scouts of the USA have developed the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is designed to provide girls with expanded, intentional opportunities for girls to discover and build their personal leadership.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience defines not only what girls do in Girl Scouting, but how they do it. We know from research that leaders are not only born, but can be developed given the right environment and processes. Our model integrates specific educational theories and processes that define each element needed to help girls become leaders, both of their own lives and of communities.
The Three Keys to Leadership
This approach to leadership is based on three keys - Discover, Connect, and Take Action. Girls will first Discover their own talents, interests and values; then learn to Connect with others in a diverse setting; and finally Take Action to solve problems around them. And, with our unique focus on a process that is girl-driven and incorporates both cooperative and experiential learning, girls will have the opportunity to create their own experiences, reflect on them and apply what they learn to new situations.
Intentional use of this combination of processes makes Girl Scouts unique and will enable us to provide a consistent leadership experience to every girl who chooses to make Girl Scouting part of her life.
  • Girls Discover: They seek challenges and want to learn new things. 
  • Girls Connect: They perceive themselves as leaders and create a culture of collaboration and teamwork. 
  • Girls Take Action: They feel empowered to make a difference, advocating for themselves and others. 
Leadership Journeys
Developing into a purposeful leader is as much about the journey as the destination. The Journeys help girls on their journey to leadership. Throughout their experience, girls develop a variety of skills and characteristics, such as positive values, conflict resolution abilities and resourceful problem solving skills. These are short-term and intermediate outcomes. Long term results, or the leadership destination, is a generation of girls who lead with courage, confidence and character.

Girl Scouts Become Leaders

At any given time, approximately 10 percent of girls are Girl Scouts, and it’s interesting to know that:

  • 80% of women business owners were Girl Scouts
  • 69% of female U.S. Senators were Girl Scouts
  • 67% of female members of the House of Representatives were Girl Scouts
  • Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout