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Life Skills

Girl Scout badges, beginning with Civic Engagement and expanding to Healthy Living, Communication Skills, Practical Skills, and Global Citizenship, form the foundation of activities that help girls grow as Girl Scouts.

Citizen: Making the world a better place means Girl Scouts are passionate about civic engagement and involved in their communities, and advocate for positive change.

Healthy Living: Girls discover how fitness, food, and fun come together as they get strong—and stay strong for life!

Practical Life Skills: As they grow up and become more independent, girls gain confidence in their ability to handle life’s challenges.

Whether it’s by exercising and staying healthy, developing strong relationships with family and peers, advocating on behalf of others, protecting our environment, or exploring careers that can truly change the world for the better, girls gain the skills and the inspiration to accept challenges, overcome obstacles, and take the lead.

Life Skills Journeys

As a Girl Scout, she’ll team up with other girls to identify a problem she wants to do something about, come up with a creative solution that will make a difference, and create a team plan to make that solution a reality. Then she’ll put her plan into action, talk about what she learned, and celebrate her achievements. That’s a Girl Scout Journey, and here are just a few of the areas she’ll explore:

Civic Engagement: With a focus on preparing girls to be active and informed members of their communities, Girl Scouts offers Citizen Badges for all grade levels (including Daisies!), along with the Silver Torch and Gold Torch awards for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. While working on the High Awards program girls will be asked to give presentations before city councils, school boards, representatives & senators, or even the President.

Community Service & Take Action Projects: Whether it’s through planting a garden, painting a mural, or launching a letter-writing campaign, the It’s Your World—Change It! Journey inspires Girl Scouts at every grade level to take on unique leadership and advocacy challenges and discover what it means to be a leader who makes a difference in the world. Through the High Awards program Bronze, Silver, & Gold, girls are challenged with a take action project they are passionate about to make a positive change in their community these projects can have a local, national, or global impact.

Healthy Relationships: At every stage, from Daisy to Ambassador, Girl Scouts form stronger connections with family, friends, and their communities. Younger Girl Scouts (grades K–5) make new friends as they strive to be considerate, caring, and kind. In middle school, girls learn how to cope with bullying and relational aggression. And as a Senior or Ambassador, she’ll hone her people skills with her peers and her community, as she makes the world a better place. Through our anti-bullying programs BFF (Be a Friend First) & BYY (Be YouNiquely You) girls can experience ways to defend themselves and others and raise awareness about the problem and feel comfortable in a safe place to express their own personal stories.