New Digital Program Resources!
Check out the program resources in the girl section of GSUSA’s web site!. The have new digital resources that you can use to give the girls a taste of a journey before you start it, or to enhance the journey you are working on. Their new “badge explorer” is the ultimate tool for girl planning. The girls can click around to learn a little bit about the badges and choose the ones they want to earn. They also have a new facebook page dedicated to people sharing stories of how they are using the journey activities. Check it out!
Girl Scout Leadership Experience
With input from girls, the Girl Scout community, and youth development experts, Girl Scouts of the USA has developed the new 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 pathways.
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 new 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 new 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.
Developing into a purposeful leader is as much about the journey as the destination. The new Girl Scout 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.