What do Girl Scouts do? The answer is almost anything a girl would like to do!
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is girl-driven, reflecting the ever-changing needs and interests of participating girls. It provides girls ages 5-17 with a wide variety of leadership opportunities and learning opportunities. (Scroll down to read more about the GSLE.)
Girl Scout pathways are the ways girls and adults participate in and experience Girl Scouting. There are six Girl Scout pathways.
Camp: giving girls of all ages a chance to explore nature, the environment and the world! Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania offers high-quality programs in a safe, secure environment at our camp properties. Whether attending a day camp, a sleep away camp or a weekend away, camping continues to be an integral way to help girls develop their outdoor skills while building interpersonal leadership skills. Whether it's hiking, boating, arts-n-crafts, science, adventure - you name it, Girl Scouts has it!
Events: stand-alone programs that combine educational moments with fun, hands-on activities. Great community partnerships allow us to offer special events to help today's girls become tomorrow's leaders; things like career days for older girls, leadership conferences for teens or even an educational fun day with one of our local minor league baseball teams.
Series: a sequence of linked sessions bringing girls together around a common interest for a specific amount of time. Outreach programs are a great opportunity for girls in our area who may not have access to a traditional Girl Scout setting. Our after-school programs give girls a sense of community, friendship and belonging. The positive setting helps set a good foundation for their futures.
Travel: offering leadership opportunities and cross-cultural understanding through travel for girls in our council. What better way to travel than with Girl Scouts! Local, domestic and international trips are facilitated by volunteers, staff and Girl Scouts of the USA. Every year girls from our council travel to places like Rome, Florence, London and Paris! Many begin with a trip south to see where it all started in Savannah, Georgia. Travel is much more than just a place to visit. It's a learning experience helping girls hone real-life skills like planning, budgeting, organization and leadership.
Troops: groups of girls of similar age who meet regularly in their community throughout the school year to discover more about themselves, connect with each other and their communities and take action to make the world a better place. We have thousands of troops meeting throughout our 30 counties in our council! And it's so much more than just a fun time to hang out with friends. With adult guidance and supervision, girls take the lead, democratically planning and carrying out the year's program components and community service activities.
Virtual: opportunities for girls to participate in high-quality activities in a safe, secure, online environment! The internet is now a way of life for most people, including Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. We have informational and educational resources on our Web site as well as web-based activities such as online networking, badge programs and activities.
There are many opportunities available in several different focus areas.
Outdoor Experience: Through Girl Scouting, girls see the earth as their home. Whether they're learning about endangered wildlife, developing creative recycling projects, or working toward age-level awards, girls focus on care, conservation, and responsibility and ensure the safety of our planet for future generations.
Health and Wellness: Every girl deserves to live a healthy life—emotionally and physically. Whether they're working toward age-level awards or talking with leaders or advisors about issues of concern in their lives or in their communities, Girl Scouts build the skills they need to keep their bodies healthy, their minds engaged, and their spirits alive. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM): Girls push boundaries, test limits, and look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes. They're natural scientists! Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities that are relevant to everyday life.
The Arts: Girls see infinite possibilities—and participation in the arts enables them to express what they see. Girl Scouts encourages girls to view the world through the eyes of discovery by helping them develop their creativity, follow their instincts, and hone their communication skills. From photography to playwriting and acting, activities in the visual, performing, and language arts encourage girls to trust themselves and create whatever they dream up!
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. Discover, Connect, and Take Action are 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.
In Girl Scouting, Discover + Connect + Take Action=Leadership. All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes, or benefits, categorized under the three keys to leadership.
Download (PDF, 7.98MB) Transforming Leadership in English or Spanish today to see the Discover-Connect-Take Action framework of the 15 outcomes and understand how girls will benefit from the Girl Leadership Experience today and tomorrow.