The New Girl Scout Leadership Experience identifies three “keys” to leadership:
Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
Girls care about, inspire, and team up with others locally and globally.
Girls act to make the world a better place.
All experiences in Girl Scouting incorporate the Discover
, and Take Action
keys to leadership. Girl Scout experiences are also, as much as possible, girl led
; they encourage learning by doing
(experiential learning); and they practice cooperative learning
These three processes help to promote the GSLE and enhance the fun and friendship that have always been so integral to Girl Scouting.
The diagram above highlights the various components of the leadership experience and their tie to the larger goal that girls have the courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place. When Discover, Connect, and Take Action activities are girl led and involve learning by doing and cooperative learning, girls achieve the desired and expected short-term leadership outcomes, ultimately resulting in Girl Scouting achieving its mission.
Research suggests that the youth development field is moving from the model of one individual leader to a model of shared leadership. This more inclusive and empowering approach is also the one girls most value
. It encourages girls to take increasing responsibility for designing and implementing activities, the result of which are extensive opportunities for them to see how their actions can impact the lives of others.