Girl Scout Pathways are the ways that Girls and Adults participate in Girl Scouting.
With today’s busy girls in mind, Girl Scouts offers
flexibility through several Pathways to participation. Each girl can choose the
Girl Scout Pathway or Pathways that best fit(s) her lifestyle: Girls can choose
any one, all, or some of these pathways within a single year.
A troop/group usually consists of girls
from one or more school grades with a variety of interests, who meet-- in
schools, churches, Boys’/Girls’ Clubs, YMCAs, and YWCAs-- on an ongoing basis
under the guidance of trained and caring adult leaders. Members of
troops/groups plan the Girl Scout Pathways they want to experience together.
Travel: Girls can enjoy local, regional, national, or
international age-appropriate trips that offer girls leadership opportunities
and cross-cultural understanding. Girls prepare, plan, money earn and
participate through group travel, council-sponsored trips, or nationally
Events: Girls can attend multiple Girl Scout events
during the year. The primary difference between events and all other pathways
is that different girls participate in each event, as opposed to one group of
girls coming together regularly.
Camp: Day camps and resident summer camp sessions at 5
GSHS properties focus on outdoor fun and
Series: Girls can participate in a series of meetings
with others who share common interests, like careers, arts, or sports. Each
series relates to a specific theme or
purpose and features cumulative, sequential, experiential learning.
Virtual: An online Girl Scout community that provides
girls with the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting without regard to
geographic location. Participation is through a Web-based platform developed by
GSUSA and includes interactive and high-quality program activities in a safe,
secure online environment.
The Virtual Pathway is still in development by Girl Scouts of the USA.