Girls have told us how hard it is to fit Girl Scouting into their schedule once they’re in middle and high school. Even girls who are younger have other activities like dance class, or T-ball that can make scheduling traditional troop meetings difficult.
Girl Scouts offers Pathways: Troop, Camp, Events, Series, Travel and Virtual, in which you can join or participate in Girl Scouts. It is your choice and you can choose more than one Pathway. There’s bound to be one Pathway (or many) that will fit your schedule.
The Virtual Pathway is an online Girl Scout community that provides girls with the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting without regard to geographic location. Participation is through a Web-based platform developed by GSUSA and includes interactive and high-quality program activities in a safe, secure online environment.
The Travel Pathway offers girls leadership opportunities and cross-cultural understanding through local, regional, national, and international travel. Girls prepare, plan, earn money, and participate through group travel, council-sponsored trips, or nationally sponsored destinations. The travel pathway also facilitates appropriate progression; for example, younger girls participate in short, local trips to prepare them for longer, international trips as they progress through grade levels.
The Series Pathway offerings are a sequence of linked, cumulative program sessions that relate to a specific theme or purpose with the same group of girls participating in all sessions for a short duration. Each girl chooses to participate in the entire series as a complete program package; series offerings may be short term (for example, six days of two-hour daily meetings) or longer term (such as meeting every two weeks for twelve weeks).
The Event Pathway features events that are stand alone program offerings. The primary difference between events and all other pathways is that different girls participate in each event, as opposed to one group of girls coming together regularly. Girls in this Pathway choose events that fit in their schedule and align with their interests.
- The Camp Pathway features day, weekend, and resident experiences that introduce and explore the out-of-doors. A defining characteristic of this pathway is that it is an outdoor, condensed experience.
- Day camp includes girls who are currently attending or have completed kindergarten (or older), and who typically meet for at least three consecutive days for four or more hours. The occasional overnight may be offered.
- Resident camp includes girls who have completed kindergarten, and typically lasts for three to fourteen days. Campers live at the program site for the duration of the session. Resident camp is typically delivered by seasonal staff during the summer season.
The Troop Pathway offers the same group of girls the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, usually over a span of nine to twelve months. Girls may join at any time during the troop year. Note: A troop that also goes camping or travels as a group is still operating in the troop pathway (not the camp or travel pathways).