LEADER Magazine
Transitioning to the New Leadership Development Model, Taking Action for the Environment, and Thinking about World Thinking Day

Winter 2006 Highlights

Cover of Spring 2006 LEADER magazine.The Girl Scout Leadership Development model is taking shape; the philosophy has been defined as Discover, Connect and Take Action, the three keys to girls developing courage, confidence and character. In the feature "Setting the Pace for the Future: The Girl Scout Leadership Model" readers will find an overview of the goals, girl-driven approach, age-levels, and some helpful transitioning tips. Most importantly, you’ll see how to transition current program activities to the new model. Sample age-level activity tip sheets are provided based on current awards.  Also leaders are invited to send more of their own good ideas for implementing the ideals of the new model.

Speaking of Discover, Connect and Take Action: You’ll be inspired by the cover story about the Girl Scouts Save the Bay project. See how these awesome girls are applying the leadership philosophy keys in conjunction with distinguished environmental, science and governmental leaders to protect and restore the largest estuary system on the West Coast — San Francisco Bay. They are literally making the world a better place.

In "Start Thinking About World Thinking Day," you’ll find an invitation to learn more about five countries from the five regions of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. You’ll find a fun World Thinking Day Quiz to share with girls — they’ll learn some impressive facts.  A great idea for helping to make the world a better place is shared by a Boston volunteer who has arranged exciting service opportunities for troop members through an international organization.

Leader-to-Leader respondents provide innovations for the cookie activity to help Girl Scouts feel "cool" about it. Additional Bulletin Board activities from Virginia to Hawaii, Girl Scouts are actively working to keep domesticated and wild animals safe.

This issue includes a "CALL" for nominations for the 2007 Girl Scout Gold Award Young Women of Distinction, the highest leadership award presented on an annual basis to 10 Girl Scouts for their outstanding Gold Award projects.