Our volunteers engage girls in meaningful ways and help them develop leadership—all in a safe and accepting environment.
In this section, you will learn the best practices for planning and creating good girl-led meetings. You will also find resources for understanding girls’ development and including girls of all abilities.
Arranging a Time + Place for Girl-Led Meetings
Tips for selecting spaces for meetings and trainings
Understanding Healthy Development in Girls
Detailed information about girls’ developmental levels, tips for choosing appropriate activities
Creating a Safe Space for Girls
Includes tips for creating a warm, safe environment for girls, managing conflict, and discussing sensitive topics with girls and their parents/guardians.
- The aMaze Journey Book for Cadettes includes information on building good communication skills including “I” statements.
- Feeling Safe: What Girls Say – A study exploring how girls define safety and cope with feeling unsafe
- Girl Scouts Research Institute – Research and public policy information on the development and well-being of girls
- Girl Scouts Advocacy Network – A national network advocating on girl policy issues
Arranging Meetings with Parents/Guardians or Friends-and-Family Network
Learn how to organize, plan for and structure meetings with girls and their parents/guardians.
Focus on Abilities (Not Disabilities)
Learn to consider the needs, resources, safety, beliefs and abilities of all members and parents/guardians.
- River Valleys’ Inclusion Resources
- Equipment Check-Out – River Valleys’ resources and items that can help you include those with disabilities