GSUSA has introduced an exciting new resource for girls: The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Girls at each grade level will have their own Girl’s Guide, so there will be six publications. The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting will include: a variety of badge offerings, handbook sections covering traditions and history, cookie badges, an awards log, and much more.The guides are designed to complement the Journeys with activities that build specific skills for which girls earn badges.
My Girl Scouts Section - allows girls to personalize their Girl Scout experience by scrapbooking and documenting their activities
Legacy Badges - include Artist, The Girl Scout Way, Citizen. Cook, First Aid, Athelete and Naturalist
Financial Literacy Badges - Girls can earn a different Financial Literacy Badge each year. (Daisies earn Financial Literacy “leaves.”)
Cookie Business Badges - Girls can earn a different Cookie Business Badge each year. (Daisies earn Cookie Business “leaves.”)
Make Your Own - An opportunity for girls to pursue to beloved topics that are important to them. This badge category definitely offers greater customization. Badges will have the same age level shape as the current badges, and will be professionally made by one of our manufacturers.
PLUS My Promise, My Faith Pin
Journey Summit Pin
For Designated Levels
• Program Aide (P.A.)
• Counselor-in-Training (CIT)
• Leader-in-Training is now Volunteer-in-Training (VIT)
• Bronze, Silver, Gold Awards
FAQs About Girls Guide to Girl Scouting
Today’s girls don’t want to just follow a set of instructions. They want to reflect, make choices, take action, and determine their own paths. Journeys are the exciting, flexible foundation for year-long activities that girls help plan in collaboration with adult volunteers.
• Journeys are the core of all leadership experiences.
• Journeys build on independent topics and can be used in any order.
• They provide an exploration of all three keys to leadership: Discover, Connect and Take Action.
• The journey awards are the only awards that specifically engage girls in these three keys.
• They tie directly to the 15 national outcomes and include facilitators’ guides with great suggestions for how adults can inspire girls.
The journey awards are important for girls to earn because they represent much more than the accomplishment of a new skill; they represent a girl’s journey through/exploration of a complete topic. (Of course, the Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards remain the highest awards in Girl Scouting.)
Badges are here to stay! Earning awards and recognitions has been an integral part of Girl Scouting for nearly a century, and we’re not going to change that now. After all, it was Juliette Low’s progressive — perhaps even revolutionary — idea that girls can be leaders that has always been reflected in our badges and awards. Read GSUSA's Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
• The new Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, one for each level, will be a combination of the badge book and the handbook. The new Girl’s Guide will NOT come with adult guide books. Volunteers will apply the same concepts from the journey adult facilitator guides to the badge activities.
• Girls will have the opportunity to earn journey awards; badges; Bronze, Silver, Gold, and other leadership awards; and, of course, pins and patches.
• Because financial literacy is such an important part of Girl Scouting, there will be two sets of skill-building badges related to the Cookie Program. One reinforces the importance of financial literacy and the lifelong advantages to understanding financial concepts, even at an early age. The other makes a direct connection between the specific activities that girls naturally accomplish by participating in the Cookie Program and the skills they develop by doing so: public speaking, marketing and sales skills, and money management.
As part of our program transition, Girl Scouts will be retiring some materials including some current badges, awards and books. Girl Scout books are always great resources and can be used to provide additional program ideas. Leaders should add these books to their personal or service unit libraries.
FAQs About Girls Guide to Girl Scouting