The Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting

The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting is available in our three council shops and on our online store! Each Girl Scout level has its own Girl’s Guide, presented in a colorful standard-size binder.

With the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, girls will have many relevant, age-appropriate badges to complete and enjoy, including badges that honor the heritage of Girl Scouts while offering contemporary skill-building activities.

The guide is broken into three sections:

  • Handbook
  • Badges
  • My Girl Scouts

More specifically, the Girl’s Guide includes the grade-level handbook; requirements for Legacy, Financial Literacy, and Cookie Business badges, and Make Your Own badges; information about earning Bridging and Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards (for Juniors through Ambassadors); and accessory pages such as scrapbooking pages.

Each badge has five steps. Girls complete all five to earn the badge. (There are three choices for completing each step. Girls need only do one.) The five steps vary depending on the skill girls are learning. All physical badges are purchased separately.


Read more about the Girl’s Guide at GSUSA’s website.


The National Program: What Girls Do
The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting works with national leadership journeys to add skill-building to the leadership skills girls learn through the three keys of Discover, Connect, and Take Action. To build specific skills, the national proficiency badge categories include Legacy, Financial Literacy, Cookie Business, Skill-Building, and Make Your Own badges.

Below, based on age level, is a girl’s option to choose a journey with the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting:

Looking for MORE Ways to Build Skills? Badge Sets:

Skill-Building Badge Activity sets for Brownies through Seniors can be added to the Girl’s Guide. A set includes the requirements for badges tied to each of the three journeys. They offer great examples of ways to incorporate the skills while on a Journey, but can also be used on their own!

Girl Scout Daisy

  • Daisies do not have additional badge skill sets. Daisies will have a special approach. They will continue to earn Petals with new stories and activities and can now earn Financial Literacy and Cookie Business “Leaves” to go with their Petals.

Girl Scout Brownie

Girl Scout Junior

Girl Scout Cadette

Girl Scout Senior

Girl Scout Ambassador

  • Ambassadors do not have additional badge skill sets. Research shows juniors and seniors in high school are interested in earning fewer badges than girls at other levels; many are pursuing their Girl Scout Gold Awards and are busy with college preparation and other high school activities.