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The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting - Cont'd

What else can you add in?

  • Optional Skill-Building badge sets can be added to supplement the journeys. We anticipate more Skill-Building Badge sets will be added periodically.

How will the badges be organized?

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  • The chart above shows just a few examples of how progression is being built into each badge as a girl moves from level to level.
  • Now girls clearly build their skills as they work their way up the ladder; progression has been built into the badges. As girls progress to the next age level, they are able to build on what they’ve previously learned.
  • There are a total of seven badges in the Legacy badge category. Brownies – Ambassadors are able to earn badges in this category.
  • In addition to Legacy badges, all levels of Girl Scouts, Daisies – Ambassadors, will be able to earn Financial Literacy and Cookie Business badges or petals. Brownies – Seniors will also be able to earn additional Skill-Building badges. 

How will the badges work?

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  • Badges can be earned across all of the different pathways.
  • Each badge starts with a purpose, so that girls will see right from the start what they’re going to learn.
  • Each badge has five steps, and girls must do all five steps to earn a badge. Every step has three choices for completing each step. Only one choice needs to be completed.
  • The Journey Tie-In is a tip that allows girls to see how the program portfolio, journeys and badges all fit together.
  • The Giving Serving section includes idea starters that show girls how to put their new skills to use while giving service.

What About Daisies?

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  • Now, there are more robust activities for earning each petal.
  • Each Flower Friend is tied to a particular petal.
  • There is a short story for every single petal starring a Flower Friend.
  • Daisies can earn two Financial Literacy leaves, and two Cookie Business leaves.

What Else Do You Need to Know about the Girl’s Guide?

What awards are new?

  • My Promise, My Faith
    Helps girls make links from the Girl Scout law to their own personal faith. This award can be earned every year, and does not replace the current faith award.
  • Journey Summit
    For girls who have completed all three Journeys at their level

What’s been updated?

  • Safety Award (Can be earned by all levels)
  • Counselor-in-Training (CIT), Volunteer-in-Training (VIT) (formerly LIT) and Program Aid (P.A.)
  • Troop Crests

What about Ambassadors?

They have everything except extra Skill-Building Badge Sets. Based on research, we know that Ambassadors do not put as much emphasis on earning badges. Legacy badges give Ambassadors the tradition and variety they love and expect from Girl Scouts.

When will we find out more?
Look out for more information in May regarding these exciting materials! GSUSA will be releasing a video that will give more details about the Girl’s Guide. Continue to check back, we will be updating this information as we receive it.

How can more leaders find out about this information?
Between now and fall, service units can schedule a program update workshop to take place during their service unit meeting.  Service unit managers can contact their regional manager of adult development. 

Dee Bridges
Manager of Adult Development – South Region, 708-957-8100, dbridges@girlscoutsgcnwi.org

Lis Christensson

Manager of Adult Development – Central Region, 630-544-5909, lchristensson@girlscoutsgcnwi.org

Traci Tobergte

Manager of Adult Development – North Region, 847-573-0500, ttobergte@girlscoutsgcnwi.org

Note: These 30 minute sessions will be facilitated by a council trainer who has participated in the council trainer program update.

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