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The main feature of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is that it’s girl-led. That means that girls should have a say in everything they do, whether that’s picking which badge to earn or planning a troop trip. Girls start at a baseline and practice the skills they need to get to the next level. As girls progress towards higher levels of complexity and difficulty, they’ll also take on more and more responsibilities.
Below is an excerpt from “All About Progression” (PDF).
Progression is a concept we love to talk about here at Girl Scouts—it’s a huge component of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, after all. But…what does it actually mean? And how do you make sure you’re doing it right? Let’s break it down.
What We Mean When We Talk About Progression
The main feature of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is that it’s girl-led. That means that girls should have a say in everything they do, whether that’s picking which badge to earn or planning the entire itinerary for an international troop trip. Will your newly formed Daisy troop be able to research activities, budget for supplies, and lead the meeting themselves from the get-go? It’s pretty unlikely, but that’s exactly where progression comes into play.
Progression enables girls to acquire the necessary skills to become competent leaders, fearless outdoor enthusiasts, and adventurous travelers. Girls start at a baseline (What can they do now?) and practice the skills they need to get to the next level (What do they want to be able to do?). As girls progress towards higher levels of complexity and difficulty, they’ll also take on more and more responsibilities.
Progression and a Troop Leader’s Role
As a troop leader, your role is to consider your girls’ individual abilities as you explore, plan, and guide your troop’s activities. For younger girls, that means you’ll play more of an active role in presenting choices and helping girls discover their interests. For older girls, you’ll step back to allow girls to take the lead and provide guidance and coaching when needed.
By the time they bridge to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, your girls will be the primary decision-makers and assume the majority of responsibility for their troop. (You’ll never leave completely, but you’ll be sitting back and marveling at the extraordinary leaders you’ve helped nurture!
But how exactly do you go from girls expressing their ideas to them then taking those ideas and coming up with a fully fleshing meeting plan? Well, let’s go through the framework:
So, while your Daisies might not be able to balance the troop budget and reach out to a potential guest speaker for your troop meeting now, there’s a clear pathway to get them there. And when your Girl Scouts reach that pinnacle of doing it all by themselves, know that you were instrumental to their success. Way to go, troop leader!
Whether your Girl Scouts are ready to earn their next badge or you are looking for volunteer training opportunities, we’ve got an upcoming event to help you do it. Browse the listings on our calendar, or search for Girl Scout events near you.
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Once a month New Troop Support Specialist, Angie Bright, will host New Leader Office Hours. These virtual sessions are designed for volunteers in the first year of their new leader roles. New leaders are encouraged to attend to enhance their troop leader knowledge base and to network with other new leaders. The sessions are the perfect opportunity to ask questions about your role and managing your troop.
Most months these office hours will have themed topics. The “Ask Angie” sessions are not themed so please come with any questions that you have about your leader role or troop management.
All New Leader Office Hour Sessions are for enrichment purposes and are not mandatory. Please note that pre-registration will be required for each session that you wish to attend. Registration links will be provided to new leaders in their “Next Steps” email as well as through monthly reminders one week prior to each session.
All sessions are held virtually via Zoom from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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