The Girl Scouts of San Diego: Tackling Leadership Aversion

The single greatest factor deterring girls from leadership roles is actually a lack of confidence in their concrete skills and abilities (1)

Leadership aversion is a Threat to Girlhood that perpetuates gender inequality…

So, the Girl Scouts of San Diego have developed a brand new experiential leadership training program called “The Adventure Zone” to help girls tackle their leadership aversions, build their confidence in concrete skill sets, and breakout of their comfort zones.

The Adventure Zone combines discussions and leadership training with an outdoor adventure course that progressively challenges girls to work collaboratively and put their hard-earned skills to the test. From ropes and logs to a 40 foot high climbing tower, the course is designed to help girls challenge their fears, understand their own strengths, and work together.

The program helps girls develop confidence in concrete skills, get active and be outdoors, understand group dynamics, recognize personality differences and leadership styles, identify their own emotional comfort zones, and understand the difference between their own comfort zones and the comfort zones of others.

If you’re in the Greater San Diego Area and have a group of girls who’d like to conquer their fears and challenge themselves on the course, you can register your gals for the program. Registration details and course fees are available on the Adventure Zone website.

1. Girl Scout Research Institute, “Change It Up: What Girls Say About Redefining Leadership.” 2008, p. 17-19.

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