Check out these tools that can help your troop through their Journey as you enjoy the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).
This video from GSUSA demonstrates the implementation of the three Girl Scout processes, a part of the GSLE.
Three processes: Girl Led, Learning by Doing and Cooperative Learning
Watch this video to see the big impact the journeys have on girls and volunteers. See actual troops implementing Take Action journey projects.
Girl Scout Leadership Journey Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between the Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting?
The Leadership Journeys (3 titles per grade level) are designed to build girls’ leadership so that they can make the world a better place. Through Journeys, girls design and complete a leadership Take Action Project with the help of adults using the “How-to” guide. The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting (binder) is the handbook and badge book for each girl to use. It has all the background girls need to know about Girl Scouts, and badges to learn skills that will help build confidence.
2. Which book is better to start with, the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting or a Journey? Can I use both at once?
The books are designed to work together. Start with the Journey that the girls choose and work on badges throughout the Journey. The Journey is the core program to build leadership. Badges build skills.
3. Do I have to do all of the Journeys?
No, you can spend two years on one or do all three in two years; it is up to you and the girls. For those who complete all three Journeys for their grade level, there’s a Journey Summit Award.
4. Can I just use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting?
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is found in the Journey and is a very important part of Girl Scouts. On a Journey, girls build leadership and confidence as they gain new skills and knowledge and widen their view of the world. Journeys are designed to achieve fifteen measurable outcomes that help us accomplish our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
5. How long does it take to do a Journey?
That may depend on how often you meet and how long your meetings last. It may take a full year unless you concentrate mainly on the Journey and do one session per meeting. Depending on the Journey, it will take 6 – 10 sessions (meetings). If you integrate the sessions with other activities, (ie; cookies, World Thinking Day etc…) it may be your entire year before the Take Action Project is completed. The adult guides describe each session. You may find that you need more or less than one meeting to complete a session.
6. Which Journey should we start with?
Most leaders suggest starting with the Journey from the series It’s Your Story-Tell It! with the exception of the Girl Scout Daisies, where they suggest starting with It’s Your World-Change It!. It could also depend on the season. It’s Your Planet- Love It! tends to lean toward the out-of-doors which is great for spring and summertime. Whichever one is chosen, the girls will follow the same key steps of Discover, Connect and Take Action using the girl led, learning by doing and cooperative learning processes. Letting the girls choose the journey could be the first step in the “girl led” process.
7. Does every girl need her own Journey book?
We recommend each girl having her own book. The books have fun, engaging content and activities girls can enjoy on their own as well as during group activities. Everything in the girls’ book is not always referenced in the adult “How-To” guide session plans.
8. What’s in the Journey Adult How-To Guide?
The Journey’s theme, awards girls earn, grade level tips, and a full set of session plans to accomplish the Journey. The sessions include opening and closing activities, lists of materials and helpful sidebar notes. Most leaders say it helps to skim through all the sessions before starting the Journey with girls.
9. Can we change the session activities in the Journey?
Yes, you and the girls can customize the Journey by changing activities to meet the girls’ interests. Just work toward the stated session goal while making changes. You’ll want to call on local experts and/or take relevant field trips, especially as the girls work on planning and implementing their Journey Take Action Project.
10. How long does it take to earn a badge?
A badge has five required steps. Some steps may take more time than others. It normally takes a few meetings, however it can be spread out for a longer period of time. You may complete a step in a badge at the same meeting where you are doing a journey session activity.
Click here for Journey Maps.
Click here for Journey Themes.
Click here for Journey Tables.
Click here to see how Journeys are connected to the State curriculum standards.
It’s Your Story – Tell It! Series details
Information about the books in the Journey series, It's Your Story - Tell It! can be found by clicking here.
Information about the other two Journey series and additional pieces in the GSUSA Program Portfolio can be found in the left hand menu of this page of GSUSA’s website.
New! Volunteers and staff now available to give Journey advice!
If you need advice regarding any Journey that you are working on, please email your questions to email@example.com and a Journey Specialist will respond to your needs.
For more information please call the council office at (800) 322-4475 or (916) 452-9181 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.