Girl Scout Grade Levels

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Girls say that grade level -not age- is what frequently forms their social groups. Research shows that girls learn best and have the most fun in the right developmental and social group. Girl Scout programming is designed to suit the interests and abilities of girls at the appropriate grade level.

Kindergarten - 1st Grade
2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
4th Grade - 5th Grade
6th Grade - 8th Grade
9th Grade - 10th Grade
11th Grade - 12th Grade

Girl Scout Leadership Experience

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes (PDF), or benefits, categorized under three keys to leadership.

Troop Pathway

This pathway offers girls an opportunity to work with the same group of girls in their own grade level, usually over a span of about nine months, in partnership with two or more appointed adult volunteer advisors. Girls may join at any time during the membership year. The troop/group meets for the enjoyment and benefit of the girls and meetings are built around the girls' ideas. Girl planning, in partnership with adult volunteers help to develop a team relationship, making space for the development of leadership skills, and allowing girls to benefit from the guidance, mentoring, and coaching of caring adults.