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Girl Scout Leadership Experience

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Discover, Connect, and Take Action are the 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.
In Girl Scouting, Discover + Connect + Take Action=Leadership. All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes, or benefits, categorized under the three keys to leadership.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is girl-driven, reflecting the ever-changing needs and interests of participating girls. It provides girls in grades K to 12 with a wide variety of leadership opportunities available in Girl Scout journeys, books, awards, the Go Girls Only and other GSUSA Web sites, as well as other resources.

The program encourages increased skill-building and responsibility, and also promotes the development of strong leadership and decision-making skills. All program activities are grade-appropriate and based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, as well as on the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

There are many opportunities available in these different areas of focus:
  •     Leadership and Self-Esteem
  •     Community Outreach and Education
  •     Environmental Awareness
  •     Financial Literacy
  •     Health and Wellness
  •     Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
  •     The Arts
  •     Travel
Every girl who registers as a Girl Scout can enjoy the many activities organized by her local Girl Scout council. Each Girl Scout council offers activities that meet the needs and interests of girls within their jurisdictions. Some program activities are shared by all Girl Scouts; others may only be available locally, require girls to apply, or be restricted by grade.

No matter what age, girls learn the value and the fun of sharing experiences in an all-girl environment, with caring, trained adults to serve as mentors and models. All activities are designed with girls in mind to spark their interests, address their concerns, build their skills, and explore the world around them.