A key part of the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the leadership journey, a coordinated series of activities grouped around a theme. Each journey is tied to some of Girl Scouts’ 15 national outcomes for girls, as defined in the Girl Scout Leadership Model. These outcomes are integral to the three leadership keys, Discover, Connect, and Take Action.
There is a leadership journey for each grade level. These journeys invite girls to explore a specific leadership theme for their level. Subsequent journeys will layer on more multidisciplinary content, like science and technology, healthy living, and the outdoors. Journey books for each Girl Scout level are available at the Council Shop.
Use your adult journey guide as a base for creating a fun and exciting experience for girls. You’ll find ideas about using activities, starting discussions, and earning awards so that the “whole” feels like one big adventure. The journey will be so much more fun and relevant as you assist girls in making it their own!
Sample sessions in the journeys suggest several ways to engage girls. Many girls and volunteers will quickly find there is more they will want to do! The journey books are filled with tips for you to add more to the experience. Let everyone’s imaginations take hold and extend the journey with ideas from girls. Do you have a short time frame? Follow the tips about doing what’s most important!
Are Ambassadors interested in partnering? What would happen if Seniors worked together? What do Cadettes in your area have to offer to Juniors? What if Brownies link up on steps of their journey? How could Daisies benefit from meeting other Daisies? Connecting helps make a powerful Girl Scout journey!
Stories capture the imagination and motivate, and inspire us to put values into action. The journeys engage girls in stories—real and fictional—of girls and women taking action in the world. You and the girls decide how much time to spend on them before going on to create their own adventures.
Leadership and You!
As a Girl Scout volunteer, your experiences—and your view of leadership—will influence and inspire girls. Use the reflection exercises in your journey guide to think about the three leadership keys (Discover, Connect, and Take Action) and how you can best apply them as you team up with Girl Scouts on their journey.