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Lead Like a Girl Scout

Girl Scouts is Girl-Led!

Girl-led means girls are the decision makers and actively involved in charting their Girl Scout leadership experience (GSLE). With the support and guidance of caring adults, girls discover their own interests and abilities, connect with others, and Take Action to make the world a better place—all within a safe space designed just for her, where she can lead, learn by doing, and learn cooperatively. It’s through girl-led experiences that girls develop the five Girl Scout leadership outcomes.


Whether the trip is a day hike or a cross-country trek, the basic steps of planning are essentially the same. Girls lead. Girls make decisions and choices about what they do and how they do it. This allows girls to feel they own their group and experiences and allows them to have more fun! When girls lead, they plan, organize, and implement their Girl Scout activities. Check out this chart with age-appropriate examples.

When she's a Girl Scout, she’s also a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.


She’s bold, honest, and determined to succeed. Goal oriented and ambitious, she’s also a life-long learner who believes no challenge is too difficult!


Thinking outside the box is her specialty, so she’s always looking for a creative way to take action. She definitely knows how to get things done.


Courageous and strong, she’s keen to try new things and to embrace the unfamiliar. She’s ready to step up and break the mold if that’s what it takes.


She’s confident, responsible, and committed to changing the world for the better—and she’s happiest when others join her in taking the lead!

These are the traits that define girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. This is the Girl Scout DNA.

It could be part of your DNA too—whatever your age, gender, or background! The only question is, are you ready to take the lead... like a Girl Scout?

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