Girl Scouting is fun!
But it’s much more than that. It’s also an opportunity for girls in grades K-12 to develop important life skills, discover themselves, and make a difference in the world around them. Through engaging programs and activities, we help today’s girls become tomorrow’s women leaders.
Girl Scouts positively impacts girls by:
- Fostering healthy behaviors and practical life skills.
- Offering girl-led activities in a girl-only environment.
- Providing girls a physically and emotionally safe space to find their voices and values.
- Expanding cultural awareness, math, and science skills.
- Connecting them with other girls, young women, and adults to explore issues that are important to them
- Developing leadership qualities and a sense of empowerment.
As a Girl Scout, you can:
- Earn badges.
- Complete Journeys.
- Volunteer in your community.
- Go to camp and experience horseback riding, arts, and sports.
- Take field trips to museums, festivals, and theaters.
- Learn outdoors through nature activities and wilderness trips.
- Learn real-life business skills through the Cookie Program Activity.
Girl Scouting is for every girl, everywhere—where today’s girls can become tomorrow’s leaders. Experiences in Girl Scouts are differentiated based on grade level to ensure that girls can relate socially with their groups, and that they participate in activities for their developmental stage. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Girl Scout Daisies: Grades K-1
Daisy Girl Scouts meet in groups of five to 10 with two or more adult leaders in a nurturing, inclusive environment. They go on trips, learn about nature and science, and explore the arts and their communities.
Sample Activities for Daisy Girl Scouts:
- Arts and crafts projects.
- Planting a community garden.
- Earning patches for activities like reading fun books or helping their communities.
Girl Scout Brownies: Grades 2-3
Brownie Girl Scouts work together in groups, earn Brownie Girl Scout Try-Its, and explore their community. Friendship, fun, and age-appropriate activities begin at the Brownie Girl Scout meeting and move out to the community and wider world.
Sample Activities for Brownie Girl Scouts:
- Marching in a community parade.
- Working on Brownie Girl Scout Try-Its.
- Experiencing summer camp and making s’mores over a campfire.
Girl Scout Juniors: Grades 4-5
Junior Girl Scouts earn badges and discover what girl power is all about through new activities and by learning to take charge of their own plans. They gain self-confidence as they explore the world in partnership with their troop/group leaders.
Sample Activities for Junior Girl Scouts:
- Learning outdoor skills at Girl Scout camp.
- Selling cookies to earn money for trips, and much more.
Older Girl Scouts: Grades 6-12
Girl Scout Cadettes: Grades 6-8, Girl Scout Seniors: Grades 9-10, Girl Scout Ambassadors: Grades 11-12
Girls in grades 6-12 participate in Girl Scouting in many ways. Under the guidance of a trained adult advisor, girls mix and match activities and resources to suit their needs while giving back to their communities. They connect with each other and build self-esteem and confidence in their skills as they work on a range of projects and gain life experiences.
Sample Activities for older Girl Scouts:
- Setting goals and earning patches related to the Journey Books.
- Exploring their future career options with a mentor. Spending a summer as a counselor-in-training at camp.
- Earning a Girl Scout Gold Award (the highest honor in Girl Scouting, for working on a project that benefits their community).
One of the core program elements of The Girl Scout Leadership Experience are the “Journeys.” Journeys are powerful, exciting program guides and awards that offer grade-appropriate, experiential learning on topics such as relationships, justice,the food network, earth science, and self-expression.
A key part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Journeys are a coordinated series of activities grouped around a theme. Girl Scout Journeys invite girls to explore a theme through many experiences and from many perspectives. Along the way, girls take on challenges that guide them to develop their leadership skills and values and earn awards recognizing their accomplishments.
Each journey is tied to some of Girl Scouts’ 15 national outcomes for girls, as defined in the Girl Scout Leadership Model. These outcomes are integral to the three leadership keys, Discover, Connect, and Take Action.
Traveling across the country or around the world to explore culture, science, the outdoors, and more through Destinations.
Ready to be a Girl Scout?
Joining Girl Scouts is super easy! Just fill out our interest form below and we’ll get started on placing you in a troop!
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Getting Started: Creating Your Online Registration Account
- Glossary of Position Codes
- Next Step: Re-Registering Online
- Online Registration for Brand New Members
- Troop Management How-To’s
- Volunteer Placement Process for Troop Volunteers
- Agree to follow Safety Guidelines
- Accept the Girl Scout Promise & Law
If you would prefer to talk to someone about Girl Scouts, please call 208-377-2011 or 800-848-0079, and you will be connected with a Volunteer Support Team Member.