Through research-backed, hands-on programming girls in Girl Scouts cultivate the skills they need to succeed and thrive. In a safe, girl-inclusive environment through sisterhood and support, girls discover who they are and who they want to be, connect with others, and take action to make their communities better.

Girl Scouts thrive in these core areas versus their non-Girl Scout peers:


Girl Scouts exhibit strong leadership outcomes.


Develop Strong sense of self

Girl Scouts exhibit confidence in themselves and their abilities, and are happy with who they are as a person.

Display Positive Values

Girl Scouts act ethically, honestly, responsibly, and show concern for others

Seek Challenges

Girl Scouts take healthy risks, try new things even when they fail, and learn from their mistakes.

Form Healthy Relationships

Girl Scouts develop healthy relationships and maintain relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively.

Be Community Problem Solvers

Girl Scouts desire to contribute to the world in purposeful and meaningful ways, learn how to identify problems in the community, and create “action plans” to solve them.

Girl Scouts exhibit stronger leadership outcomes than their non-Girl Scout peers



Girl Scouts engage in active learning.

Girl Scouts are more likely than their non-Girl Scout peers to participate in out-of-school-time activities that engage them in active learning. Girl Scouts programming focuses on girl-led, cooperative, hands-on learning processes that create high-quality experiences conducive to learning and that reinforce what girls are learning in the classroom.



Girl Scouts do well in the classroom and beyond.

Girl Scouts do better in the classroom than their non-Girl Scout peers and are more likely to have college graduation in their sights. Girl Scouts are also more likely to have positive expectations about their future.

  • 53% of Girl Scouts have excellent grades v. 45% of non-Girl Scouts

  • 73% of Girl scouts feel they have a great future ahead of them v 64% on non-Girl Scouts

  • 26% of Girl Scouts say they want a career in STEM v. 13% of non-Girl Scouts



Girl Scouts have an adult who helps them plan for the future.

Enduring relationships with caring adults has been shown to provide a buffer against many of the negative influences and high-risk behaviors that girls navigate daily. While both Girl Scouts and their non-Girl Scout peers have at least one adult in their lives who care about them, Girl Scouts are more likely to have adults in their lives who help them think about and plan for their futures.



Girl Scouts participate in activities that open up new worlds to them.

Most after-school pursuits help youth develop a specific set of skills pertaining to sports, art, music, while other programs are designed to to meet care needs. What makes Girl Scouts different is the breadth of activities that not only teach these skills plus STEM, financial literacy, and healthy living, but also the social and emotion skills they need to succeed.




Girl Scouts supports girls through their turbulent teen years.

  • As girls get older, their participation in activities involving outdoors, STEM, and healthy living declines. But, Girl Scouts participation in these activities remains the same at this age.

  • While girls report low participation in community service activities and activities that teach money management, Girl Scouts participation actually increases with age.

  • Girl Scouts at this age engage in more girl-led, cooperative, and hands-on learning at this age than their non-Girl Scout peers.

  • While it’s common for a girls’ sense of self to decline after middle school, Girl Scouts experience a slight lift in their self esteem.