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Girl Scout Leadership Experience Program Portfolio Benefits Girls Step 1: Choose a Journey! A key part of the GirlScout Leadership Experience is the leadership journey, a coordinated series of activities grouped around a theme. Each of the following series have age-appropriate books that invite girls to be active participants in shaping their Girl Scout experiences. Adult facilitator guides also available. Be sure to check out the Journey Jumpstart events listed in this guide, or stop in to any Girl Scout shop to check out the resources in person. It’s Your Story – Tell It! • Uses a storytelling theme in a fun and grade-level relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential. • Building a strong sense of self is an underlying goal of the series, which was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. It’s Your Planet – Love It! • In this journey series, girls at each grade level learn about grade-appropriate environmental issues such as clean water and air, noise pollution, global warming, soil contamination, and agricultural processes. It’s Your World – Change It! • Engages girls in critical thinking processes related to identifying and researching issues they care about. • Engages girls in developing community networks and creating and implementing plans of action. Each journey is tied to some of Girl Scouts’ 15 national outcomes for girls. These outcomes are integral to the three leadership keys: Discover, Connect, and Take Action. Step 2: Build Skills, Earn Badges, Give Service THE 15 OUTCOMES OF THE NEW GIRL SCOUT LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE Discover + Connect Once girls have selected a journey book, review the NEW Girl’s Guides to Girl Scouting, available for every age level. Designed with bright colors and fun graphics, the guides feature three sections: a handbook, the awards (badges) and a section for girls to personalize with their memories. Each badge has five steps, and girls must complete all the steps to earn the badge. Optional service ideas are provided for all girls to consider when they feel they know the subject matter well enough. The guides include stories and tips, historical information and activities that will interest girls at all age levels. The most important thing to remember: “It’s not about how many badges a girl earns, but what she learns!” + Take Action = 1 Girls develop a strong sense of self. 2 Girls develop positive values. 3 Girls gain practical life skills. 4 Girls seek challenges in the world. 5 Girls develop critical thinking. 1 Girls develop healthy relationships. 2 Girls promote cooperation and team building. 3 Girls can resolve conflicts. 4 Girls advance diversity in a multicultural world. 5 Girls feel connected to their communities, locally and globally. 1 Girls can identify community needs. 2 Girls are resourceful problem solvers. 3 Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally. 4 Girls educate and inspire others to act. 5 Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world. Leadership 15 Page 6 Leadership 207253_GSA-text-spot.indd 15 1/22/08 1:35:21 PM


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