Girls today believe that a leader is defined not only by the qualities and skills one has, but also by how those qualities and skills are used to make a difference in the world. In their own words, they want to be the type of leader who "stands up for his or her beliefs and values," and "tries to change the world for the better." Leadership is "knowing what you believe and putting it into action." As the world becomes more complex and uncertain, understanding how girls see leadership is crucial.
Girl Scouting is meeting girls' definition of what it takes to be a leader with the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a model that engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. This model is more inclusive and empowering of girls as the experiences are, as much as possible, girl led and encourage experiential and cooperative learning.
To develop and evaluate this model objectively, the Girl Scout Research Institute reached out to various youth development experts, volunteers, councils, and national staff. From this collaborative, intensive effort, 15 anticipated outcomes of the New Girl Leadership Experience were identified. Girls will experience these outcomes as they discover, connect, and take action in their new leadership experience through programmatic journeys in Girl Scouting. This body of work stands on a tradition of evaluation within Girl Scouting where numerous studies have been conducted nationally and locally to continually assess the impact of Girl Scout programs and special initiatives.
Girls will use two resources to get the most out of their Girl Scout experience– their Journey Book, there are three series to select from, and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for their age level. A Journey is a coordinated set of leadership activities grouped around a theme. Girls earn their Journey Leadership Awards as they progress through the Journey book. In the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, girls earn badges which teach them skills on specific topics.
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Regardless of how a girl participates in Girl Scouts, we want them to feel they belong—and their families to know why it matters... we want them to experience the beginnings of leadership. Depending on the time commitment of the experience, some of the key elements will happen in a condensed way, though be assured they will be intentionally weaved throughout the Girl Scout experience.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence
and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
and to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.