The National Program Portfolio – The Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Girl Scouts is the preeminent organization for girls to learn leadership and life skills, take adventures with new friends, and make memories that last a lifetime.  Based on council feedback and research with girls, parents and volunteers, GSUSA has streamlined and simplified the Girl Scout program offerings by providing new and revised books and other exciting resources.

The National Program Portfolio has two main parts: the National Leadership Journeys and The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. Complemented by the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scout travel and Girl Scout awards, the National Program Portfolio is designed to help girls develop as leaders and build confidence by learning new skills. It also ensures that Girl Scouts at every level are sharing a consistent, powerful, national experience—girls together changing the world!


Journeys include three series of subjects for each Girl Scout program level:

The journeys are the core of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that provide an exploration of all three keys to leadership—discover, connect, and take action—which tie directly to the 15 National Outcomes. Each of these outcomes relates to Indiana State Curriculum Standards.

On every leadership journey, everything girls do—whether it's performing science experiments, creating art projects, cooking simple meals, or learning to protect the planet's water supply—is aimed at giving them the benefits of the Girl Scout "Keys to Leadership:" Discover, Connect, Take Action.

Here's how they work:

A girl Discovers her special skills and talents, finds the confidence to set challenging goals for herself, and strives to live by her values. This includes being proud of where she came from, as well as where she's going.

A girl Connects with others, which means she learns how to team up, solve conflicts, and have healthy relationships. These skills help her in school right now and prepare her for any career she chooses in the future.

A girl Takes Action and makes the world a better place, learning a lot about her community and the world along the way.

Journeys—their awards and badge activities—work together to create a complete program portfolio for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, all while providing detailed guidance for adults.

The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting

The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting complements journeys with skill-building badge activities, detailed diagrams, ideas to help tie journeys and badges together, and an awards log that shows what is available at every grade level. These colorful, easy-to-use guides feature new badges on many traditional and beloved topics from nature to art to cooking and first aid, as well as new topics based on girl interests. Girls at each grade level will have their own Girl's Guide developed to supplement each girl's journey.

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