Life Skills

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.

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, along with the Silver Torch and Gold Torch awards for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. In addition, this years new Civics badges will teach girls about their local, state, and federal government.

Community Service: 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.

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.

Financial Literacy: Grounded in real-life situations, Financial Literacy badges give girls a deeper understanding of financial issues, providing them with insight, skills, and practical knowledge in areas such as budgeting, philanthropy, making smart buying decisions, financial planning, and more. 

Check out new badge activities online:
Girl Scouts at Home

Democracy for Juniors

New Badge Spotlight

Democracy for Juniors
Juniors learn about local, state, and federal government, including how large-scale changes are made within government. Girls can choose from activities like running a mock gubernatorial campaign, exploring all sides of an issue and hosting a debate, drafting and defending a bill, and discussing the representation of women in government today and over time.

Good Neighbor
Daisies find out how to help their local communities by being good neighbors. They’ll explore their school, examine their city or town, see what makes their state special—and discover how people in communities work together to be good neighbors to each other.

Visit the Girl Scout Shop for new 2020 badges and check out the Award and Badge Explorer for details on every badge a Girl Scout can earn.
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