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. 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:

o Discover: Girls understand themselves, their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.

o Connect: Girls care about, inspire and team with others locally and globally.

o 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.


The Girl Scout Research Institute, based in New York City, provides a focus for our program development and advocacy efforts as it produces original research on what girls say about important topics of the day, and share what they need for healthy development into leadership.

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