The Girl Scout Leadership Experience

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes, or benefits, categorized under three keys to leadership.

The Three Keys to Leadership

  • Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.

  • Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.

  • Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.


The Girl Scout Leadership Experience provides three processes for adults partnering with girls to incorporate: Girl-led, cooperative learning, and learning by doing.



When a girl or an adult joins the organization, she or he becomes a Girl Scout member. Girls then have the opportunity to choose any one, all, or some of the pathways in which to participate within a single school year.

The flexibility of pathways allows adults to participate in Girl Scouting based on their lifestyle and availability - whether the adult prefers to partner directly with girls throughout a membership year, participate for only a few weeks or months, or work with other adults in a variety of roles.