Girl Scouting as a National Experience

Girl Scouts have incredible opportunities to grow their leadership skills, develop lifelong friendships and earn awards. Learn about the resources available to girls and leaders as they travel through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience together.

This section includes a lot of vital information, so be sure that you download the full version to keep as a reference.

Planning Guide

Program Essentials Planning Guide, created by River Valleys, ties together all of the badges, awards and patches, and helps leaders plan their troop’s activities.

Leadership Journeys

The Leadership Journeys are the main way that girls experience the Girl Scout Leadership experience.

The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting

The Girl’s Guide is a colorful binder full of essential information on earning badges with options for customization.

Girl Scout Bronze, Silver + Gold Awards

These are the highest awards in Girl Scouting – learn how to help your girls earn them.

Girl Scout Traditions

Girl Scouts has special days throughout the calendar year. Learn about them and our ceremonies, including bridging and award events.

Girl Scout Trips

Key Section:

Here you will find key information for planning Girl Scout trips and getting them approved. This section goes hand-in-hand with Safety-Wise, which includes information on keeping safe on trips.

Council-Sponsored Program Events

Outlines events organized by River Valleys, including badge-earning program events and camps. Learn how to rent River Valleys’ sites and equipment.

  • Events – Find River Valleys events, sortable by location, type and grade level.
  • Camp – Learn about all of the camp offerings, including our overnight and day camps
  • Rent Camp Facilities – Learn how to rent camps or other facilities
  • Equipment Check-Out – Learn about the resources held by Girl Scouts River Valleys that can be checked-out and/or rented

Download Volunteer Essentials to view “Section Two: Girl Scouting as a National Experience”