Since October 2011, Girl Scouts at every program level have had 2 books to use that will make them part of a powerful sisterhood. Girl Scouts of the USA has streamlined and simplified the Girl Scout program. Launched in fall 2011, the national program experience consists of two elements:
1. Journeys, of which there are currently three in the series, are the core of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. They provide the opportunity to earn badges, awards, and keepsake jewelry around central themes such as our planet and world.
2. The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting is the new Girl Scout badge/handbook. The Girl’s Guide provides additional skill building badge activities and Girl Scout awards based on legacy badges, and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, just to name a few. All former handbooks, badge books, and related awards have been phased out. Since August 1, 2011, these items are no longer be returnable, exchangeable, or refundable. Please contact your Membership Specialist or local shop for more information.
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Journey handbooks are the program books for girls. They are different from traditional handbooks, badge books or focus books. Each book has multiple activities, that can be customized, and has room for girls to reflect, as they discover, connect and take action. The books are also bright and colorful, and are designed to be interesting to girls. There are 2 reference workbooks for each Journey at each program grade level - one for girls (which they can write in) and a faciltators guide.
Girl Scout Program Overview, A Journey Resource
2011 Girl Scout Merchandise Catalogue
Lader of Leadership
It's Your World -- Change It!
Leadership Journeys were introduced with this one being the first in the summer of 2008. In this initial journey girls are invited to explore a specific leadership theme for their grade level.
It's Your Planet - Love It!
This series on the environment. The books are designed to encourage girls to become Environmental Leaders in their own communities and beyond. If you want to read more about the Journey, read the GSUSA press release
It's Your Story - Tell It!
This third journey series is focused on self-esteem. The new journeys will define self-esteem as "an individual’s general feeling of her value or self-worth based on her perceptions of her abilities, body image, and capacity to seek and meet challenges in the world." The journeys will also explore the connection between self-esteem and health, diversity and Leadership through Taking Action.
Girl Scout Program Grade Levels
Girl Scouts transitioned to these grade levels since 1 October 2008. Girls who are home-schooled or have special needs should register as developmentally appropriate.
Girl Scout Daisy grades K-1
Girl Scout Brownie grades 2-3
Girl Scout Junior grades 4-5
Girl Scout Cadette grades 6-8
Girl Scout Senior grades 9-10
Girl Scout Ambassador grades 11-12
Try-its, badges and IPAs remain, and new "journey" materials will be added to every level to supplement the existing program.