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Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Every Girl Scout participates in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience designed to provide girls with leadership opportunities. Whether girls prefer the "front of the room" person in charge style of leadership, or a more collaborative type where they work with others to accomplish shared goals, there is no question that girls benefit from acquiring leadership skills. 

We tailor our programs for the developmental, educational, emotional and social needs of girls at six grade levels:

Girl Scout Daisy (grades K-1)
Girl Scout Brownie (grades 2-3)
Girl Scout Junior (grades 4-5)
Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6-8)
Girl Scout Senior (grades 9-10)
Girl Scout Ambassador (grades 11-12)

To learn about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, click here.

What is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience? Girls partner with adults to bring the leadership model and philosophy to life. The diagram at right shows the various components of the leadership experience model and their tie to the larger goal and ultimately fulfilling the Girl Scout mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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 (PDF), or benefits, categorized under three keys to leadership.

The Three Keys to Leadership

  • Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
  • Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
  • Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience provides three processes for adults partnering with girls to incorporate: Girl Led, Cooperative Learning, and Learning by Doing.

National Program Portfolio

The National Program Portfolio are the program resources we use to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.











Click here for more information about using the National Program Portfolio resources

Transforming Leadership & Transforming Leadership Continued

Transforming Leadership is a GSUSA publication that defines the specific benefits (outcomes) of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls.  Each benefit is defined in developmentally appropriate ways for each of the six grade levels.  Examples of measurable signs that show whether girls are making progress are provided. Transforming Leadership can be purchased from our council retail stores, or downloaded here

Transforming Leadership Continued explores the three Girl Scout processes (Girl Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning.  There are concrete steps you can take for any grade level to help incorporate the processes effectively.  You can download the publication Transforming Leadership Continued here.