Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting

 

The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, (or GGGS) has one book  for each program level - Daisy through Ambassador. Although described as a book for girls, this book is considered to be a sufficient leader resource as well.

The Girl's Guide now includes the handbook and the badge book. The Girl's Guide is a record of what girls do in Girl Scouts! Each grade level has a binder with covers picked out by girls that coordinates with the Journey colors. You can also print special 100th anniversary bookplates for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to personalize their guides!

Leaders can also check out some tips for using the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting with Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, and Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

See National Proficiency Badges (PDF) for some examples of badge progression.

     

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The Girl's Guide with
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Each binder contains three sections:

The Girl Scout Handbook

Each grade level has their own special version of the handbook! From Girl Scout basics to fun with family and friends, they're packed with information and activities that encourage girls to get their hands dirty, hearts racing, and brains whirling.

 

 

National Proficiency Badges

 

In addition to the awards they are earning through the Journeys, the Girl's Guide gives girls the opportunity to earn legacy badges, financial literacy badges, as well as cookie business badges at each level.

Sold separately, but easily added to the Girl's Guide are three badge sets related to the Journeys for Brownies through Seniors, each containing 5 badges each for Brownies through Seniors. They offer great examples of ways to incorporate the skills while on a Journey, but can also be used on their own!

 

 

"My Girl Scouts" pages


Girls get their own special pages for journaling, autographs, or whatever they want to do! There are also coloring pages for Daisies, and stickers for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors.

 

 

 

 

 


In each guide, there is also a fold-out section with all the awards for that level. Girls can check off each award they've earned to see how far they've already gone, and what lies ahead for their future in Girl Scouts! Some of these awards include:

Journey Summit Awards
For girls who complete all three Journeys at each grade level.

 

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards
The Girl's Guide for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors also include the requirements for earning the three highest awards in Girl Scouting.  Check out our award pages for girls with all the requirements for earning these awards.

 


National Proficiency Badges

In addition to the awards they are earning through the Journeys, the Girl's Guide gives girls the opportunity to earn National Proficiency Badges. There are four kinds of Girl Scout National Proficiency badges: legacy badges, financial literacy badges, cookie business badges, and skill-building badges.

As Juliette Gordon Low said, "A badge is a symbol that girls have done the thing it stands for often enough, thoroughly enough, and well enough to be prepared to give service in it." When girls add badges to their sashes or vests, they're showing people which skills they've built.


Legacy badges

The legacy badges are based on activities that Girl Scouts have been doing since 1912. There are seven groups of Legacy badges: artist, athlete, citizen, cook, first aid, Girl Scout way, and naturalist. The legacy badges give you variety and choice: Girls will have lots to do and you get to pick those badges they're most interested in. Plus, you'll see how relevant these topics still are for girls today!

Badge activities are progressive, so girls can build on skills they’ve learned at each level. For instance, when they earn the cook badge as Brownies, they’ll add to their experience when they earn the cook badge as Juniors all the way up to Ambassador.


Financial Literacy Badges

Your Girl's Guide also includes financial literacy badges. These badges help you learn about money-how to make it, how to spend it, how to save it, and how to share it with others. You can earn one financial literacy badge every year you are in Girl Scouts. To see all of the financial literacy badges, click on the image above.


Cookie Business Badges

Take the skills you've learned doing the Financial Literacy badges and use them during the cookie sale to earn your cookie business badges. Each year that you're a Girl Scout, you can earn one cookie business badge. To see all the cookie business badges, click on the image above.


Skill Building Badges

You can add more badges to the Girl's Guide, depending on what topics interest girls. These additional badges come packaged in skill-building badge activity sets for Girl Scout Brownies through Seniors. Each set tells how to earn five different badges. The first three sets are coordinated with the National Leadership Journeys — It's your World — Change It! , It's Your Planet — Love It!, and It's your Story — Tell It!. You can make your Girl Scout adventure the best it can be when you see how everything fits together.

Journey Badge Activity Sets for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors are available for purchase in your local Girl Scout shop or on line at www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/shop. To help you and the girls in your troop make informed decisions about which Badge Activity Sets or individual badges they would like to work on here are some summaries of each.   Click on the title, download, and print the summary.

These are merely summaries.  To get details of how to earn each badge you must purchase the Badge Activity Set from your local Girl Scout Shop or shop online.


Special - Just for Daisies!

There are three steps to earn each petal. Every flower friend tells a story about her line of the Girl Scout Law. The first step is to read the story and talk about it. Then, act out the story. Girls then do an activity to practice the part of the law they just learned about.

To learn more about each petal, click on the image at left.

Girls can earn two leaves each year they're a Daisy. There are two kinds of leaves: financial literacy leaves (Money Counts and Making Choices) and cookie business leaves (Count It Up and Talk It Up).

 

 

 

 

 


My Promise, My Faith

Girl Scouts and Faith

Girl Scouts has always provided many opportunities for girls to grow in their respective religious faith, including religious recognitions that are facilitated at an individual or troop level through a faith community. Each girl is encouraged to develop her own strong values within the context of family, faith, and the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

The My Promise, My Faith pin is an award found within the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting. Earning this award helps girls explore how Girl Scouting and their faith offer similar ideas about how to interact with the world around them -- and how Girl Scouting can tie into their faith.

According to the Girl Scout Constitution: “The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual. The ways in which members identify and fulfill their spiritual beliefs are personal and private.”

GSNorCal encourages girls to work with their parent and religious leaders to earn their religious rewards if they choose to do so. Girl Scouts recognize that religious instruction is the responsibility of parents and religious leaders.

The Girl Scouts My Promise, My Faith pin invites girls in grades K-12 to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girls Scout Law and teachings from their faith.  

Girls can earn this national pin each year. Steps to earn this pin can be found in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.

Adult volunteers from faith organizations partner with girls by:

  • Linking the national pin into their faith’s religious recognitions
  • Guiding girls through their personal faith journey
  • Helping girls strengthen their understanding of their faith

For more information, contact a GSNorCal staff member and ask for a referral to a local GSNorCal FBI (Faith Based Initiatives) Team member.


Religious Awards

Every time a girl makes the Girl Scout Promise, she is promising to “serve God.”  One way she can “serve God” is to participate in the religious award program of her faith and to wear that recognition proudly on her uniform.

Girl Scouting promotes and encourages girls to participate in faith-based programs.  It has been part of the Girl Scout tradition since its inception in 1912 and remains a cornerstone of the Girl Scout program.

Girl Scouts recognizes the religious diversity that exists within our communities. Many times, girls in the same troop represent a wide variety of faiths. Troop Leaders help girls develop respect and appreciation for each others individual beliefs.

What are Religious Awards? 

  • Religious Awards are available in over 25 different faiths. 
  • Girls can earn the awards independently of their troop,
  • Religious Awards programs are created by the various Religious groups to encourage girls to grow stronger in their faith
  • GSUSA recognizes these programs and allows the recognition to be worn on the official uniform
  • Each religious organization develops and administers its own program

The To Serve God religious recognitions brochure shows the religious recognitions that have been created by various faith groups. You can find this brochure, a video that explains the religious recognitions programs, and other resources for collaborating with the faith community at P.R.A.Y. Publishing.

How do we get started on these programs?

  • Download the To Serve God Religious Awards Brochure
  • Contact the religious organization directly to order the workbook (information for each faith is on the To Serve God Religious Awards brochure)
    • Each girl needs her own booklet to document progress
    • Some religions offer adult manuals for counselors and mentors
  • Parents should review the Program Guidelines
    • Some programs require that girls be official "members" of the religious institution.
    • Age/grade requirements vary from program to program
    • Each program sets its own guidelines as to who may serve as a counselor.  Some programs require clergy to serve as counselor, other programs allow parents or other family members to serve as counselor
  • Girls must complete the requirements, obtain the proper signatures and follow the instructions to order the recognition or pin.
    • These recognitions or pins are not available in your Girl Scout Store
    • The award should be presenter in a meaningful ceremony
    • The award can be presented at anytime of the year (don't forget that Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath is in March)

For more information on the religious awards for any faith check out P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth) 

Some religious organizations are not affiliated with P.R.A.Y. or may not have a national office. To learn about other faith-based programs and recognitions, contact local religious leaders.