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10 Essential Elements

This is what Girl Scouting is all about:


Family Involvement: Girls want their families to be involved in the great things they are experiencing as Girl Scouts.


Belonging to a big sisterhood: Girls love having friends so close they call them “sisters” and they love being a part of something big. Girl Scouting is huge – it includes millions of girls who all share the same mission – making the world a better place.


Skill-building through badge earning: Girls are proud to say “See what I can do now” when they learn something new. Girl Scout badges focus on building new skills.


Leadership: Girl Scouts wants every girl to know how to be a leader in her own life and in the world around her.


Taking action in our communities: Through Girl Scouting, girls know they can make a difference in the world around them.


Girl-friendly: In Girl Scouting, it’s not just what our volunteers do for girls, but how they do it that makes the experience fun and meaningful. And girls doing things together without boys around makes Girl Scouting that much more powerful.



Celebrating with ceremonies and traditions: Girl Scouts enjoy taking part in time-honored traditions and ceremonies. They also like to make up ceremonies that are especially meaningful to them. In fact, making up ceremonies is a Girl Scout tradition!



Earning and learning through the Cookie Program: When girls take part in the largest girl-led business in the world (a.k.a. The Girl Scout Cookie Program) they earn funds for their Girl Scout activities. They also learn 5 Skills – goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics, that will help them in business and in life.



Expanding your world view: As girls explore new ideas, go to new places and meet new people, their understanding of the world – and what is possible for them – grows.


Growing with Girl Scouts with progression: The Girl Scout program is built upon progression from one level to the next. Girls are more likely to stay involved when they know what lies ahead.