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Girl Scouts and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging by creating a safe and welcoming environment for all through a shared responsibility of each and every member.

We are dedicated to increasing our cultural competence and creating opportunities for authentic human-to-human connection by respecting, embracing, and celebrating what makes us all different.

For more than 100 years Girl Scouts has stood for making the world a better place, and pledged to “help people at all times.” Those words carry great weight and responsibility and inspire us with strength as we denounce institutional racism, violence, injustice, and inequity.

To make the world a better place, we must commit to working together build an antiracist society. Not being a racist is not enough. Honoring diversity without being inclusive is not enough. Inclusivity is a big part of the Girl Scout DNA. From the very moment founder Juliette Gordon Low first mentioned her plans to start Girl Scouts, it was set to be an organization not only for the girls of Savannah but also for “all of America, and all the world." And if you didn’t already know, Girl Scouts is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization, we are not red or blue, we are Girl Scout green and proud. 


Building Beyond Today Programs

Back by popular demand, another year of activities that help create a community for all Girl Scouts to thrive!  This year we’re focusing on you. That’s right, it’s time to shine a light on the amazing Girl Scout you are and your efforts to create a community for all Girl Scouts to thrive.  Read on to see how you can complete each of the patches.

The Building Beyond Today and Thrive activity patches can be purchased on our Patch Order form or by emailing our retail shop.  The Building Beyond Today patch should be worn with the Thrive activity patches, so start by purchasing the Building Beyond Today patch and then the activity patches.   

Building Beyond Today

Raise your hand to help enact change with Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines’ advocacy patch.  If you support creating a community where all
Girl Scouts can thrive, purchase and proudly wear this patch.  It’s that simple!

So, show everyone you’re an advocate for change. 

Get the Building Beyond Today patch by emailing an order to

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Patch Program


When girls have earned this patch, they’ll have developed an appreciation of the uniqueness and commonalities of themselves and others, and the rich diversity of various cultures in their community and in the world. Girls will also deepen their understanding and respect for people who may be different from them and learn how to better relate to others.  

Beyond Today. Thrive Talk Series

Beyond Today. Thrive Talk Series

Join fellow Girl Scouts for a virtual discussion around “thriving communities”.  Learn more about what you can do locally to create change and how these Girl Scouts have enacted change in their communities.  This experience is perfect for Girl Scouts interested in tackling the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award or who want to simply make a difference. 

Register via Activities (coming soon!) patch included.

Thrive Challenge


The Thrive Challenge offers Girl Scouts an opportunity to learn about different people, cultures, customs, and more. We invite all Girls Scouts in K-12th grade to complete the challenge. Girls can complete the challenge on their own (supported by their family) or troops can participate together. Simply take on at least two challenge ideas per letter (T.H.R.I.V.E.) to complete the Thrive Challenge. Then purchase your Thrive Challenge patch.

Click here for the Thrive Challenge. 

The Thrive Challenge patch should be worn with the Building Beyond Today patch. Both patches are available in our retail stores. Snag yours by emailing an order to

Thrive Book Series

Beyond Today. Thrive Book Series

Download the Thrive Book Series suggested reading list.  This reading list is aimed at helping Girl Scouts broaden their view of the world.  Discussion questions for the books will help readers reflect on what they’ve read.  Activities to help readers creatively capture the book are included.  Read at least one book to complete the patch. 

Thrive Book Club

Like reading?  Download the Thrive Book Series suggested reading list.  This reading list is aimed at helping Girl Scouts broaden their view of the world.  We supply discussion questions for the books to help you reflect on what you’ve read, while encouraging you to creatively capture the book.

Purchase this patch after reading from the Thrive Book Series suggested reading list.  Girl Scouts should read at least one book.  Remember the Thrive Book Series patch is meant to be worn with the Building Beyond Today advocacy patch, which signifies you raising your hand to help create a community for all girls to thrive.

Thrive Book Club Reading List:

The Thrive Book Series patch should be worn with the Building Beyond Today patch. Both patches are available in our retail stores. Purchase yours by emailing an order to

How Do You Thrive?

Beyond Today.  How Do You Thrive?

You are unique, there’s simply no one who is just like you!  We’re excited to hear what makes you, well, YOU!

To complete this patch, you’re tasked with meeting someone new, sharing what makes you unique and learning about the other person’s uniqueness.  Find out a little about your differences and then celebrate what makes you each your own person.  You may meet someone new at the park, a sporting event, a cookie booth, or even the library.  The possibilities are endless! Girl Scouts should have parent/guardian permission before meeting with someone new and should always exercise safety.  Once you have tackled this task, complete a short online survey before 4/1/2023.  Share what you learned and how it made you feel. Submissions, with your permission, may be shared via social media.

Click here to complete the online survey.  Then head over to the retail shop to purchase the patch. 

The How Do You Thrive patch should be worn with the Building Beyond Today patch. Both patches are available in our retail stores. Purchase yours by emailing an order to

Thrive Art Show

Beyond Today.  Thrive Art Show

The 2023 Thrive Art Show is a juried art contest with the theme, Self-Portrait. This year’s Thrive Art Show is a way for Girl Scouts to self-reflect and answer the question “Who Am I?” in a creative art expression. All types of visual arts will be considered. All submissions must be made between January 9, 2023- March 31, 2023 (midnight). Awards will be given to the top artist in each age group as well as a special People’s Choice award that will be voted by the public.

Registration fee of $3.00 includes a certificate of recognition and the Thrive Art Show patch.  Register via Activities



Resources for Parents

While we should be having conversations about race and racism regularly, checking in with your girl is crucial when racist violence claims lives and sparks widespread protest, grief, and unrest around the nation. See the resources below for guidance on navigating racism with your girls.

Raising Awesome Girls Series

Raising Awesome Girls from GSUSA has released a variety of helpful parenting articles from our experts on navigating this time with your girls. 

Social Media



Resources for Troop Leaders and Volunteers

As a Girl Scout volunteer, making all girls and families feel welcome and offering a safe space for your girl to talk about important issues is vital. Review these resources as you navigate discussions.

Programming for Taking a Stand Against Racism

Girl Scouts offers the following badges that promote civic engagement: Public Policy, Inside Government, Netiquette, Finding Common Ground, and Girl Scout Way. In addition, we offer many resources through our nonpartisan G.I.R.L. Agenda initiative that encourage girls to drive positive social change in their communities and world. 

GSUSA Multicultural Fun Patch
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The Girl Scout Multicultural Community Celebration Fun Patch was designed to celebrate the countless contributions that diverse communities have made and continue to make in the United States. Girl Scouts of all levels and their leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn each segment of this fun patch, whether they choose to do one or all of them. We encourage girls from all ethnic backgrounds to participate, they are sure to learn interesting new things.

  • Hispanic Heritage 
  • Native American Heritage
  • Black History Month
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Month – coming 2022!
  • LGBTQ+ Pride Month – coming 2022! 

GSUSA Black History Month (All) The Girl Scout Black History Month Celebration Fun Patch is designed for Girl Scouts of all levels and their leaders to celebrate the cultural richness of Black Americans and those whose ancestors originated in the African diaspora and acknowledge the many contributions that the Black community has made and continues to make across our nation. Girls and leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn this fun patch, and we encourage girls from all ethnic backgrounds to participate. Click here for this fun activity in Spanish.


GSUSA Hispanic Heritage Month (All) During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), we celebrate the countless contributions that Hispanic people and Latinos have made and continue to make in the United States. We honor the cultural richness of all people in the U.S. whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Girls and leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn this fun patch. And regardless of their specific ethnic heritage, they’re sure to learn interesting new things. Additionally, we invite you to complete our council patch program, Discovering Hispanic Heritage, too! You can purchase these patches by emailing or visiting your local retail shop. 

GSUSA Native American Heritage Month Celebration “I’m a Girl Scout!” fun patch is designed to provide Girl Scouts and volunteers of all backgrounds with an opportunity to learn more about the cultures, histories, and traditions of over 574 tribes and communities honored during Native American Heritage Month. We invite you to explore the cultures of the Indian Nations in your state and across the country! We’ve got plenty of activities for you to choose from, so that you can make new discoveries and have tons of fun learning while earning a cool patch!

Additionally, we invite you to complete our council patch program, North Carolina American Indian Patch Program, too!  You can purchase these patches by emailing or visiting your local retail shop.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, an annual celebration of the achievements and contributions of Asians Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. It’s a time where we join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian American and Pacific Islanders who have enriched the history of the United States and are instrumental in its future success. Following are the many countries included in the Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month celebrations as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Additionally, we invite you to learn more about patch requirements. You can purchase these patches by emailing or visiting your local retail shop.

Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials: Engaging Girls & Families

  • Creating a Safe Place for Girls
  • Communicating Effectively with Girls of Any Age
  • When Sensitive Topics Come Up
  • Volunteer Policies and Procedures (includes non-discrimination policy, whistleblower procedures, and more)
Safety Activity Checkpoints

Pages 18-19 emotional safety, mental health, and equal treatment

Our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives. Parents/guardians make all decisions regarding their girl’s participation in Girl Scout program that may be of a sensitive nature. As a volunteer leader, you must get written parental permission for any locally planned program offering that could be considered sensitive.

Training Resources
  • Lead and Learn- Being Inclusive

Our Lead and Learn on “Being Inclusive” helps adults understand what it means to create an inclusive environment and ways they can help develop an inclusive environment for both girls and adults. To request this Lead and Learn, please use the Lead and Learn Request Form

  • gsLearn – Diversity and Inclusion

gsLearn, our online learning platform for all things training, offers several opportunities to increase your diversity and inclusion IQ. To view the trainings below, remember to log into your MYGS account to log into gsLearn.

In Foundation 3 (Well Being and Development) of The Successful Leader Learning Series, learn strategies to creating an inclusive, girl led space, embracing troop diversity and understanding how the role of the troop leader, sets this framework.

In addition, gsLearn houses several other training on Diversity and Inclusion that can be helpful for Service Unit Teams and for your own personal professional development.

What is Diversity and Inclusion

Hiring for a Diverse Workforce

Identifying Diversity in Others

Leading a Diverse Workforce Part 1 and Part 2

Leveraging Diversity and Strengths in the Workplace

Your unique diversity in the workplace

  • Girl Scout Troop #765’s Bronze Award focuses on troop diversity and creating an inclusive environment.  Troops and individual members are invited to view a video of their project (including a closed caption version) as well as a slideshow containing a variety of activities to complete.   At the end of the activities, there is a certificate which participants can print to recognize your efforts.  



Ways to Take Action

Girl Scouts Highest Awards

Through our Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, Girl Scouts can take a stand about an issue that they care about and make a lasting change. 

Learn more about our Highest Awards and get started.

For some inspiration, read about Gold Award Girl Scout Nia P.'s project called Increasing Youth Engagement: A New Voice in Social Justice  where she informed her peers of racial equity and social justice issues.

Girl Scouts and Advocacy

Commit to taking action to make the world a better place by siging our pledge against racism.

A nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action.

Our Public Policy and Advocacy Office works across party lines with Congress and the Executive Branch to educate and raise awareness about issues important to girls and young women



Have resources to share? Email them to us! Share with us how your troop is taking action through our Girl Scout story form.

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