What Girl Scouts Do

Discover, Connect, and Take Action—that’s what Girl Scouts do.

From community service projects to summer camp and career exploration, Girl Scouts participate in enriching, skill-building activities that give them the tools and opportunities to become exactly who they want to be.

Girl Scouts earn badges, hike and camp, participate in the cookie program, and much more. It’s all part of the outcome-based Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Girl Scouts experience these activities through a series of journeys, with adventures and discoveries along the way. From ‘Daisy’ to ‘Ambassador,’ each journey challenges girls to Discover, Connect, and Take Action—the three keys to leadership:

  • Discover themselves and their values and explore the world around them
  • Connect with others through caring relationships and promote cooperation and team-building
  • Take Action to make the world a better place, becoming advocates for themselves and their communities

To become leaders, it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it. The three Girl Scout processes are an equally important ingredient in girls’ leadership journey:

  1. Girl Led: While every program is guided by caring adult volunteers, girl led means that take an active and age-appropriate role in figuring out the what, where, when, why and how of what they do.  When girls ask questions, find answers, and take an active part in decision-making and planning, they develop new skills in the process.
  2. Learning by Doing: Girls learn by doing the things they love at the Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts encourage hands-on learning that engages girls in an ongoing cycle of action and reflection.  When girls actively participate in meaningful activities and take time to reflect on them, they develop a deeper understanding of concepts and mastery of skills.
  3. Cooperative Learning: Girls learn to work together in Girl Scouts! Girls meet new friends and learn to share knowledge, skill and learning goals in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation as they work together on goals that can only be accomplished with the help of others. 


The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the only national program that offers content and activities intentionally tied to girls’ achievement of the 15 leadership outcomes:

Through Discovery…

  • Girls develop a strong sense of self
  • Girls develop positive values
  • Girls gain practical life skills
  • Girls seek challenges in the world
  • Girls develop critical thinking

By Connecting…

  • Girls develop healthy relationships
  • Girls promote cooperation and team building
  • Girls can resolve conflicts
  • Girls advance diversity in a multicultural world
  • Girls feel connected to their communities, locally and globally

By Taking Action…

  • Girls can identify community needs
  • Girls are resourceful problem solvers
  • Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally
  • Girls educate and inspire others to act
  • Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world


Girls can get started in Girl Scouting as soon as they are registered! And they can start at any age – from kindergarten through grade 12.

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