The best way to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) is through leadership journeys combined with the NEW Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting handbook and badge books--available at GSGATL's Girl Scout Badge and Sash Stores
Each Journey is a series of activities grouped around a theme and are the core of the Girl Scout program which ensures that every Girl Scout receives a consistent high-quality experience that engages girls in realizing the benefits of leadership.
Each series has a girl book which is designed for her to use with her family, her troop or by herself. These fun and colorful books are designed for each age level and give girls specific stories to read, places to journal and ideas to reflect upon.
Each companion guide for adult volunteers offers key information about the journey, its awards, and its leadership benefits, along with step-by-step sample plans for sessions with the girls. The adult guides also feature Girl Scout history, tips for getting out in the great outdoors, details about how to customize the journey in partnership with your girls, and unique activity sheets.
This Planning Guide will help leaders with an overview of all the journeys, ideas on how to use the journeys and ready to use handouts. This book is available to purchase in the Badge & Sash.
In a Girl Scout journey, awards link experiences, discussions and ideas that girls explore together. As girls progress through the levels from Daisy to Ambassador, their awards signify attaining new and higher levels of knowledge and skills, and ultimately a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader who makes a difference in the world.
All the steps girls take toward earning awards are built right into the journey. Adult guides for each level provide tips for coaching girls along the way.
A brand new award that will be introduced in the Girl’s Guide, to be released in September 2011,is the Journey Summit Award. Girls earn this award by completing all three journeys at their grade level. It will be placed just below the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards on a sash or vest to recognize the importance of the award. This is now the highest award that a Daisy or Brownie can earn.
It’s Your World—Change It!
This journey series invites girls to develop a deep understanding of themselves, understand how powerfully they can act when they team with others who share a vision, and make a difference in their communities by inspiring, educating, and advocating. Grade-level journeys in this series are:
It’s Your Planet—Love It!
This journey series invites girls to make sense of the wealth of environmental information available so that they can act for the betterment of Earth and its inhabitants. In this series, girls tackle issues like conservation, pollution, and renewable and reusable resources—all while focusing on leadership development. Grade level journeys in this series are:
It’s Your Story—Tell It!
This series of leadership journeys, made possible in part by a generous grant from Dove, is designed to strengthen a girl’s sense of herself and boost her capacity to seek and meet challenges in the world—all by giving her the opportunity to hear, create, and tell stories in a range of creative mediums.