IT'S YOUR STORY - TELL IT!
Stories say so much about us—they’re a way to express our interests, hopes, and dreams. So it’s important that girls get the opportunity to tell their stories through the range of creative approaches highlighted in the It's Your Story–Tell It! Leadership Journey, made possible by a grant from the Dove Self-Esteem Fund.
This Journey explores important themes such as developing a strong sense of self, discovering the benefits of a balanced diet and physical activity, navigating healthy relationships, identifying ways to enhance self-expression, and promoting well-being and confidence in others.
Activities and discussions woven into each level get girls thinking critically about the media, including its portrayal of girls and women. The activities are designed to promote age-appropriate discussion on topics including marketing tactics aimed at young consumers, the media’s narrow definition of beauty, and the portrayal of relationships between girls and women.
Here are a few of the thought-provoking activities Girl Scouts can enjoy on their Journeys:
By learning how to take care of animals, Daisies also learn to take care of themselves. On the 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals! Journey, girls may visit a farm or a zoo, then share what they’ve learned in a puppet show, on a mural, or in a story they write themselves.
In A World of Girls, Brownies discover different cultures around the world and see how storytelling can inspire us to help others. Then girls may team up to tell their own stories through theater, crafts, painting, or even by developing their own advertising.
Exploring new roles and busting stereotypes are just two of the activities Juniors enjoy on the aMUSE Journey. Whether it’s role-playing, speaking to actors about their characters, or starting a “mix-it-up” day to meet new classmates, girls develop increased confidence and inspire others.
Taking a critical look at media from movies to music to TV, Cadettes learn how to reshape negative messages into positive ones. As they continue on the MEdia Journey, they may re-write hurtful song lyrics, start a blog about movies, or use social media to combat stereotypes.
The powerful benefits of strong, healthy relationships are explored on the Mission: Sisterhood! Journey. Seniors may role-play friendship scenarios, organize a “Girl Power” film club at school, or host a mixer where girls can meet, share stories, and make lifelong connections.
Dreams do come true, especially for Ambassadors and the girls and women they inspire. On the BLISS: Live It! Give It! Journey girls may work with aspiring artists, meet successful athletes, or create a college exploration workshop to help others make their dreams a reality.
In a Girl Scout Journey, awards link experiences, discussions, and ideas that girls explore together. As Girl Scouts progress from Daisy to Ambassador, their awards symbolize new and higher levels of achievement—and ultimately a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader. All the steps girls take toward earning awards are built into each Journey. Guidebooks for parents and adult volunteers also suggest meaningful ways to help girls celebrate earning awards and reflect on their accomplishments.
Companion Guides for Adults
Adult guides for each level provide help for coaching girls along the way, and include a Journey overview, sample sessions, ideas on choosing and conducting activities, details on awards and badges, links to multimedia, online resources, and more.
Delivering Fun with Purpose
Everything girls do through Leadership Journeys helps them discover, connect, and take action in the world.
How It Works:
A girl discovers her special skills and talents, finds the confidence to set challenging goals for herself, and strives to live by her values.
She connects with others to solve problems and develop healthy relationships.
Then, she takes action to make the world a better place, learning about her community and the world in the process.
To bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to life, activities are often led by girls themselves, feature cooperative learning, and highlight learning by doing. Each Journey is carefully designed to teach girls to come up with their own ideas, build teams, realize their full potential, and experience the joy of making a positive impact.