What is a Journey?
A key part of the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the leadership journey, a coordinated series of activities grouped around a single theme and delivered over a set period of time.
Journeys unfold through a sequence of activities and discussions that add up to one giant adventure. No matter how much time girls spend on a journey, the whole is always greater than any single part. When a Girl Scout journey comes to a close, girls and their adult guides truly feel a sense of accomplishment - and come to cherish the awards they've earned along the way.
Journeys invite girls to:
- Explore leadership the Girl Scout way (Discover + Connect + Take Action)
- Develop leadership skills they can use immediately and all their lives
- Reflect on their adventures and apply them to daily life
What's in the Girl's Book?
The girl's book is a unique journey companion that is rich in Girl Scout history, traditions, and values. It offers opportunities to imagine and create through:
- Stories, quizzes, games, and amazing facts and discoveries
- Open spaces to collect ideas, memories and mementos
- Reflections and questions that get girls thinking about their own lives and the world around them
- Team-building experiences that foster that special sense of belonging
What's in the Adult Books?
The companion "how-to" guide for adult volunteers offers key information about the journey, its awards and its leadership benefits, with step-by-step sample plans for how journey sessions can unfold as girls meet. Adults in partnership with girls can expand or condense these plans, as they like.
The adult guides also feature sections on Girl Scout history and traditions, as well as tips on safety and understanding girls at each particular grade level. And, they contain information on what to do if a girl misses a session or an award step.
More Resources & Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
This GSUSA resource provides detailed answers to many specific question on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
- Transforming Leadership Video
GSUSA one and a half minute promotional video on Youtube.
- Electronic Resource Guide: Girl Scout Leadership Experience
This multimedia resource guides viewers through the key features and benefits of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Learn about Journeys, Pathways, keys, processes and outcomes. Updated version of Flash software required (download available).
- Leadership Essentials
This online learning resource gives you a chance to review the Girl Scout leadership experience and also see how Journey books can be used with and by girls.
- Journey Maps
This colorful, new resource provides an interactive map for each grade level with ideas about how to tie your Girl Scout activities into your journey.