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The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
The Basics
What is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?: The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place.

What are the three keys to leadership and how do they relate to the Leadership model?:
Discover, Connect, and Take Action. These three keys are defined as:
  1. Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
  2. Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
  3. Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.
In Girl Scouting, Discover+Connect+Take Action=Leadership. All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes, or benefits, categorized under the three keys to leadership. The three keys to leadership replace Girl Scouting’s “four program goals.”

What are the 15 leadership outcomes?
Outcomes describe general benefits - behavior, skills, knowledge, attitudes, values, condition, status, or other attributes - for participants as a result of involvement in the Girl Scout program. Outcomes are the intended benefits girls should reap as a result of the program.

What are the Girl Scout processes?
In Girl Scouting, it’s not just “what girls do” (activities), but “how” (processes) they do them (activities). When used together, these processes—Girl Led, Cooperative Learning, and Learning by Doing—ensure the quality and promote the fun and friendship so integral to Girl Scouting. Here’s how Girl Scouts defines these processes:
  1. Girl Led: Girl led is just what it sounds like—girls play an active part in figuring out the what, where, when, how, and why of their activities. They lead the planning and decision-making as much as possible. This ensures that girls are engaged in their learning and experience leadership opportunities as they prepare to become active participants in their local and global communities.
  2. Learning by Doing: A hands-on learning process that engages girls in continuous cycles of action and reflection that result in deeper understanding of concepts and mastery of practical skills. As they participate in meaningful activities and then reflect on them, girls get to explore their own questions, discover answers, gain new skills, and share ideas and observations with others. Throughout the process, it’s important for girls to be able to connect their experiences to their lives and apply what they have learned to their future experiences.
  3. Cooperative Learning: Through cooperative learning, girls work together toward shared goals in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration that encourages the sharing of skills, knowledge, and learning. Working together in all-girl environments also encourages girls to feel powerful and emotionally and physically safe, and it allows them to experience a sense of belonging even in the most diverse groups.