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The National Program

Girl Scout Leadership Experience
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, or benefits, categorized under 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 to incorporate in activities when partnering with girls: Girl-Led, Cooperative Learning, and Learning by Doing. These three processes promote the fun and friendship that, for over 100 years, have been integral to Girl Scouting. But they do even more — when girls lead, when they learn by doing, and when they engage in cooperative learning, the 15 leadership outcomes (or benefits) are far more likely to be understood and achieved.

The National Program Portfolio has two main parts — the National Leadership Journeys and the all new The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. Complemented by the Girl Scout Cookie program, Girl Scout travel, and Girl Scout awards, the National Program Portfolio is designed to help girls develop as leaders and to build confidence by learning new skills. It also ensures that Girl Scouts at every level are sharing a powerful, national experience — girls together changing the world!

There are three different Leadership Journeys series:

Each series has separate books and awards for each grade level and a corresponding adult guide. Our council has created a Toolkit to aid our volunteers in guiding girls along their chosen journeys. Download the Journey Toolkit and print as many copies as you need.

Check out the Journey Maps and resources for everything you need to know to plan your Girl Scout year and tips on using the Journeys and The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting together! Go to our It's Your Story—Tell It! Journey Resources page for a list of resources for girls of all ages who are following this engaging Journey.

The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting is where girls (and adults) can find exciting new badges, the 100th Anniversary handbook, information on bridging, Bronze/Silver/Gold Awards, Girl Scout history, tradition, and much more!

The Portfolio by Grade Level
The following links provide a visual representation of what girls at each grade level can look forward to as they follow the journeys to leadership.