In Girl Scouts, Girls Seek Challenges in the World

Girl Scouts is the perfect environment for girls to develop positive attitudes toward learning, seek opportunities for expanding their knowledge and skills, set challenging goals for themselves, and take appropriate risks. Girl Scout volunteers play a major role in making this happen. Of course, seeking challenges looks different at each Girl Scout Grade Level. Here are some examples of this…

Girl Scouts in kindergarten and first grade should demonstrate increased interest in learning new skills. You might see them asking lots of questions and making observations about the world.

Girl Scouts in second and third grades are more open to learning or doing new and challenging things, and they recognize that one can learn from mistakes. You might see them enjoy trying new activities and feeling that it is okay to make mistakes.

Girl Scouts in fourth and fifth grades should increasingly recognize that positive risk-taking is important to personal growth and leadership, and be better at exploring new skills and ideas. You might see them mention risk-taking and giving examples from their own lives, or report using a variety of resources to pursue topics of interest to them.

Girl Scouts in sixth, seventh and eighth grades should be better able to distinguish positive and negative risk taking, and recognize the importance of challenging oneself for one’s positive growth. You might see them identify and distinguish between positive and negative risk taking, or report how setting challenging goals helped them do better in school.

Girl Scouts in ninth and tenth grades should demonstrate increased enthusiasm for learning new skills and ideas and expanding existing ones. They show increased courage to challenge their own and others’ beliefs and opinions.
You might see them increasingly offer their own ideas for exploring new topics or making existing ones more challenging. Or, you may see them express preferences even when they differ from the majority’s opinion.

Girl Scouts in eleventh and twelfth grades should increasingly set challenging goals for the future and have increased confidence to discuss and address challenging issues and contradictions in their lives and in their local and global communities. You might see them consider roles or positions they previously considered unattainable, or look for ways personal habits conflict with achieving goals that are important to them.

Learn more about the 15 Outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.