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Why Girl Scouts?

GSRI 88 PercentWho do you want the girl in your life to become? Whether she is 5 or 17, you want her to become self-confident, strong, and compassionate. You want her to respect herself and others, make good decisions, be open to new challenges, and use her skills and talents to make her world a better place. You want her to build strong friendships, be a leader, and put her values into practice in her everyday life.

You want her to become her best self.

Social pressure, image issues, and uncertain security – there are so many potential hurdles to girls' well-being. For almost 100 years, Girl Scouts has been helping girls realize their full potential.

What do Girl Scouts do? The answer is almost anything a girl would like to do!

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is girl-driven, reflecting the ever-changing needs and interests of participating girls. It provides girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade with a wide variety of leadership opportunities available in Girl Scout journeys, books, awards, GSUSA websites, and 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.

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.

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.

The Journeys

GSRI - Take a JourneyThe Girl Scout Leadership Experience is made easy and fun for girls and adults through the journey approach.

  • Journeys provide an important foundation for each level in Girl Scouting for girls and volunteers.
  • The journeys have been created to provide meaningful and fun experiences centered on the three keys to leadership for all girls.
  • Journeys help girls to frame topical issues that are all around them, with Girl Scout values.
  • In partnership with adults who utilize the Girl Scout processes, girls encounter a safe environment, both physically and emotionally.
  • Girls become aware of women who have used their talents, skills, and abilities, including celebrity status, to raise public awareness on issues such as discrimination and personal rights.
  • Girls see examples of females who have spoken and acted with courage, confidence, and character.

GSRI - Journey Blocks

As girls progress through the levels from Daisy to Ambassador, their awards signify attaining new and higher levels of knowledge and skills, and ultimately a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader who makes a difference in the world.