The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting

The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting books, are our handbooks for girls. There is a book available for each program level – Girl Scout Daisy through Ambassador.

Along with the Journey books, the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouts make up a program portfolio that ensure we accomplish our Girl Scout Mission: Girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. 

Although these are books for girls, they are also resources for leaders as they assist girls in planning troop activities.

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National Program Portfolio

The National Program Portfolios are the program resources we use to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Girls start by choosing a journey, and then add in fun badges, trips, camping, product sales activities and more. 



Click on each age level below to read more about what Girl Scouts of that age do.







The Girl Scout Journey

Each Journey offers girls a new adventure, allowing them to Discover, Connect and Take Action with fun activities, discussions, projects and more! Journeys are designed to use the three Girl Scout processes: Girl Led, Learning by Doing and Cooperative Learning. The processes are essential to developing girls as leaders. Currently, Girl Scouts offers three unique Journey series.

Journeys are the core framework to the GSLE, and they're available for each Girl Scout grade level. And, they can be customized! Each Journey comes as a set, providing the adult leaders with a handbook full of fun ideas, useful activities, discussion topics and more. At the end of each Journey, girls will also have the chance to earn their Journey awards to display on their uniforms.

The Journeys offer girls all the leadership benefits that we’ve promised them and the badges offer them the chance to build specific skills. When a girl goes on a Journey, she gets to explore leadership from all different angles. How does a leader identify a problem that needs to be solved? How does she dig deeper to find the root causes of that issue? How does she research solutions that go beyond the surface level of the problem? And how does she team with others on all of the above, multiplying efforts to make the world a better place? That’s what the Journeys are all about! The Journeys aim at all three keys to leadership: Discover, Connect and Take Action.

Watch this video to see the big impact the journeys have on girls and volunteers:

Click here for more information about Leadership Journeys

Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting

The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting

There are three main sections:

  • Handbook containing information on traditions, history, awards.
  • Badges containing requirements for  seven Legacy badges, Financial Literacy, Cookie, and Make Your Own badges.
  • My Girl Scouts contains pages girls can customize, with stickers provided in the Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, and Junior books.

Each girl will want her own copy since the “Girl’s Guide” contains:

  • Girl Scout history
  • Girl Scout traditions
  • Awards log
  • Diagram of sash/vest with award placement
  • Bridging award requirements for relevant program level
  • Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, Gold Award requirements for relevant program levels
  • Additional program information for each level such as Program Aide or Counselor in Training info
  • Journey map for relevant program level
  • Map showing all the councils and special Girl Scout places (i.e., the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, World Centers, etc.)

  Here are some handouts to review:   



For more information please call the council office at (800) 322-4475 or (916) 452-9181 or e-mail us at