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Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience encompasses everything we know and love about Girl Scouts – troops, camp, patches, cookies, etc. – and enhances these elements with critical leadership processes and outcomes.
All experiences in Girl Scouting incorporate the Discover, Connect, and Take Action keys to leadership. Girls Discover themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world. They Connect with other girls and adults. And, they Take Action to make the world a better place.
Developing into a purposeful leader is as much about the journey as the destination. Throughout their experience, girls develop a variety of skills and characteristics, such as positive values, conflict resolution abilities and resourceful problem solving skills. The long term result is a generation of girls who lead with courage, confidence and character.
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.
What Are the GSLE Outcomes?

Girls who participate in Girl Scouts benefit in a multitude of ways. Girl Scouts has identified 15 specific outcomes that girls achieve through Girl Scouting. These outcomes are organized around three themes:

  • Discover. Girls understand themselves, their values, and their world.
  • Connect. Girls care about, inspire, and team with others.
  • Take Action. Girls act to make the world a better place.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is designed to ensure that every Girl Scout achieves the same outcomes, regardless of how they participate.


What Are the GSLE Processes?

If the outcomes are what girls gain from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the processes are how they gain them. These processes are the heart of Girl Scouting. The processes are:

  • Girl-led. Girls play an active part in figuring out the what, where, when, how, and why of their activities.
  • Learning by doing. Rather than listening to someone tell them about it, girls get in there and do it! They explore their own questions, gain new skills, share ideas, and take time to reflect.
  • Cooperative learning. Girls work together toward shared goals in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration.

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