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GSUSA’s National Program Portfolio materials, along with the Cookie Program, service projects, travel, and other activities girls choose, provide a fun, provide well-rounded Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
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1. The program materials in the National Program Portfolio include:
Journeys- fun, challenging experiences, grouped around a theme (3 journeys per GS level)
How-To adult guides to the journeys, 1 per journey
Journey Skill-Building Badge Sets- five badges girls can each for each journey that relate to the topics in the journey.
Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting-1per Girl Scout level
2. Here’s how you can use the National Program Portfolio Materials:
Begin with a journey—the core of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girls can view the journey maps at for information about the topics each journey at journey maps.
Each journey includes awards girls can earn. Girls can also earn the Journey Summit Award if they complete all three journeys for their level of Girl Scouts.
Allow girls to pick the journey they want to complete.
Use the sample lesson plans in the How-To adult journey guide to bring the journey to lige.
Add Journey Skill-Building Badge Sets—As girls complete a journey, they can choose to earn one or more of five skill-building badges that relate to the journey’s theme.
Next, explore the badge and awards programs in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
Legacy Badges on the following topics--Artist, The Girl Scout Way, Citizen, Cook, First Aid, Athlete, and Naturalist, all customized for the various levels of Girl Scouting.
Financial Literacy Badges
Cookie Business Badges
Make Your Own Badge
3. Girls can also earn the following recognitions:
My Promise, My Faith Pin, in which they explore their own faith.
Journey Summit Pin, available for girls who complete all three journeys at their level of Girl Scouts
Girl Scout Bronze (Junior level), Silver (Cadette level) and Gold (Senior and Ambassador levels) Awards
Additional Age-Specific pins: Program Aide-for Cadettes; and (CIT) Counselor in Training, and VIT (Volunteer in Training), for Seniors and Ambassadors.
President’s Voluntary Service Award
4. Round out the Girl Scout year with the Girl Scout Cookie Program, service projects, trips, and council events —the Fall Event, Girl Awards Event, service unit events, and special Girl Scout 100th Birthday activities.
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What Girl Scout Juniors do
What Girl Scout Cadettes do
What Girl Scout Seniors do
What Girl Scout Ambassadors do
My Promise, My Faith
My Promise, My Faith Daisies
My Promise, My Faith Browniies
My Promise, My Faith Juniors
My Promise, My Faith Cadettes
My Promise, My Faith Seniors
My Promise, My Faith Ambassadors
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GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez