Girl Scouts of all ages have fun, make new friends, and try new things, developing lifelong values and skills that prepare them for a strong future, no matter what path they follow. As girls discover themselves and their values, connect with each other, and take action to make the world a better place, they become leaders that will change their communities. Our core Girl Scout program focus areas help guide that leadership experience!
Girl Scouts build their business savvy and hone their financial literacy skills through badge programs, online learning, and, of course, through the Girl Scout Fall Product and Cookie Programs. As girls learn to handle money and become self-reliant, they are also learning how to bring their own values to the business world and how to use their time, talent, and resources (including money!) to make the world a better place.
From building a robot to designing animation for a video game, from discovering how a car’s engine runs to investigating how pollution harms the environment, Girl Scouts examine how science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) are relevant to everyday life. By experimenting and developing STEAM literacy, Girl Scouts gain skills to provide real solutions to local and global issues.
Physical, social, and emotional health help prepare Girl Scouts for a healthy and independent future. Girl Scouts engage with topics including self-esteem and body image, nutrition, physical fitness, relational aggression and bullying, strong relationships, and positive lifestyle choices.
Girl Scouts unplug and explore the outdoors by going on a hiking trip, learning how to cook over a fire, rock climbing, kayaking on a lake, or by going to camp. Girl Scouts connect with nature and learn an ethic of care as environmental stewards. Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England has four beautiful camp properties (Camp Cookie, Camp Hoffman, Camp Promising Acres, and Camp Rocky Farm) that afford the opportunity to make lifelong memories.
Girl Scouts become global citizens by understanding and appreciating cultural differences and by “thinking globally, acting locally” to change their corners of the world. With more than 10 million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the world, Girl Scouts are connected to a special international sisterhood. World Thinking Day on February 22 is an annual celebration of international friendship and a day of speaking out on issues that affect girls and young women. Girl Scouts also experience global connection through travel such as a GSUSA Destinations trip or visiting one of the four residential World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts’ World Centers (Our Chalet in Switzerland, Our Cabaña in Mexico, Sangam in India, and Pax Lodge in England).
Girl Scouts create and implement projects that make a lasting impact. While some community service projects address the immediate needs of a community, these projects generally only help for a short period of time. Take Action Projects are longer-term projects involving measureable change, and Girl Scouts are dedicated to taking action! Girl Scouts has a rich history of empowering girls to help improve their communities, and Take Action Projects are at the heart of both Journeys awards and Highest Awards (Bronze, Silver, and Gold).