Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting

How does The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting work?

Everyone knows that Girl Scouts have badges. But The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting has more than just exciting, new badges for every age level. Each guide contains:
  • A colorful, easy-to-use binder specially designed for girls at each level. The binder comes chock full of essential information and badge activities—plus girls get to customize their own experience by choosing and adding in additional badge sets.

  • Legacy, Financial Literacy, and Cookie Business badge activities—or, for Girl Scout Daisies, petal and leaf activities. For more information about the National Proficiency badges, check out How the National Girl Scout Program Portfolio Works (PDF).

  • A detailed diagram showing where girls place the badges, pins, or awards with pride on their vests or sashes.

  • Ideas to help girls tie their badges right into their Journeys.

  • Vintage illustrations and quotes from Girl Scout history to help girls feel connected to the proud traditions of the past.

  • An awards log showing girls every award and badge available at their level, as well as the entire badge program at every level, so girls can see how their skills will grow in Girl Scouting.

See National Proficiency Badges (PDF) for some examples of badge progression.


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What Will You Find in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting?

Handbook Section

My Girl Scouts Section

The My Girl Scouts section is designed just for girls, and allows girls to personalize their Girl Scout experience by scrapbooking and documenting their activities

Legacy Badges

  • Artist
  • The Girl Scout Way
  • Citizen
  • Cook
  • First Aid
  • Athlete
  • 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.

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

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Why The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting?

The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting will be age-level appropriate handbooks for girls that include badge-earning activities and more, all in one place. The guides are designed to complement the Journeys, with activities that build specific skills for which girls earn badges. Content is being driven by input and feedback from girls and volunteers, as well as a respectful nod to the great traditions that are a part of our nearly 100-year-old legacy.

How does this tie into Journeys?

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.)

What about badges?

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.

What we are going to do is refresh things.

Here’s how the badges will be presented in the new materials:
  • 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.

What about current Girl Scout badges, awards & books? 

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.

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