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For Parents and Guardians

The Girl Scout mission is to help girls become women of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. How exactly does that happen? Our success comes from a total focus on what we call the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). Every Girl Scout activity helps develop girls in these areas, teaching them the skills necessary to succeed at school and in life.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience Five Outcomes

When girls participate in Girl Scouts, they thrive in five key ways:


Sense of Self
Girls have confidence in themselves and their abilities, and form positive identities.


Positive Values
Girls act ethically, honestly, and responsibly, and show concern for others.


Challenge Seeking
Girls take appropriate risks, try things even if they might fail, and learn from their mistakes.


Healthy Relationships
Girls develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively.


Community Problem Solving
Girls desire to contribute to the world in purposeful and meaningful ways, learn how to identify problems in the community, and create "action plans" to solve them.


Why Do These Outcomes Matter?

When a girl develops these five skills, she'll become:

  • A girl who stands up for herself and believes she can do anything
  • A girl who is honest, reliable, and caring
  • A girl who isn't afraid to go outside her comfort zone
  • A girl who gets along with and works well with others
  • A girl who is an active and engaged citizen