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Girl Scout Processes

Girl Scouts' mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. It's a tall order, but Girl Scouts has developed a framework to deliver a high-quality and effective leadership development program to girls from Kindergarten all the way through high school.

This framework is called the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The process starts early and becomes more complex as girls develop and grow, while at the same time delivering a fun and rewarding leadership experience for girls.

The Girl Scout processes describe how to design and implement a program of activities and experiences for girls that will result in the outcomes listed above.​

1. Girl Led

What it means
Girls make decisions and choices about what they do and how they do it.

Why it works
Girls feel they “own” their group and experiences. They’ll also have more fun.

What it looks like
Girls plan, organize, and implement their Girl Scout activities with as little supervision as possible.

2. Learning by Doing

What it means
Girls have opportunities for hands-on activities followed by reflection and discussion time.

Why it works
Girls strengthen their critical thinking skills and are more likely to apply what they learn to their lives.

What it looks like
Girls reflect on what they’re experiencing by journaling and being part of group discussions.

3. Cooperative Learning

What it means
Girls share work towards a common goal as well as knowledge and skills in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation.

Why it works
Girls build healthy relationships and communicate effectively. This will help experiences and in other areas of their lives. Plus, cooperative learning is fun!

What it looks like
Girls create a team agreement, reflect, and speak openly and often about how they are functioning as a team. Girls do activities in pairs or small groups. Girls set group goals that can only be achieved through interdependent efforts (e.g., sharing resources, helping).