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Girl Scouts and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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. 

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Building Beyond Today Programs

This past year Girl Scouts experienced a global pandemic, widespread lockdowns, separation from their friends, social unrest, and a long-term pause on many social activities and routines. Processing these big changes can really take a toll on physical and mental health. That’s why as we continue to focus on creating a community for all girls to thrive, we’re encouraging girls to support one another through the healing process. Join us by participating in this year’s Building Beyond Today initiative, the Thrive series, and related patch program activities.

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.   

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.  

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 shop@nccoastalpines.org.

Thrive Book Series

Thrive Book Club

Download the Thrive Book Series suggested reading list.  This reading list is aimed at helping you broaden your view of the world.  Discussion questions for the books will help you reflect on what you’ve read.  You are also encouraged to creatively capture the book(s) you read.

Thrive Book Club Reading List:

  • Daisies - coming soon!
  • Brownies - coming soon!
  • Juniors - coming soon!
  • Cadettes - coming soon!
  • Seniors and Ambassadors - coming soon!

The Thrive Book Series 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 shop@nccoastalpines.org.

How Do You Thrive?

There are several things you can do to ensure you’re taking good care of yourself both physically and mentally. Are you getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, exercising regularly, scheduling time to connect with family/friends, and doing things that make you happy? That’s great! Each of these things and more can contribute to overall wellbeing and support girls on their road to healing. 

Click here to share your tips with fellow Girl Scouts to complete this patch!  Remember to follow us on social media, as we’ll feature several of these tips there. 

The How do you thrive? 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 shop@nccoastalpines.org.  

Remember to check out the International Bipolar Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Patch program. The patch program objectives are to educate Girl Scouts about the brain and its influence on thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and through that knowledge, increase awareness and understanding of mental illness. Patches are FREE!  

Thrive Art Show
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As part of our council-wide community service project, Honoring Everyday Changemakers, we’re inviting Girl Scouts to share their creation for the 2022 Thrive Art Show submission.  It’s easy to participate, simply snap a photo of how you honored the changemaker and submit it along with a short description – that’s it!  Submissions accepted September 2021 - April 2022. The Thrive Art Show will be available for online viewing in June 2022. Several lucky Girl Scouts will receive a special thank you gift for submitting.

Click here to submit your “artwork”/ photograph of how you honored a changemaker. 

Submissions will be accepted for the following monthly themes, submit at any time.  Individual and troop submission are welcome.  Submission link closes on April 30, 2022. 

  • Oct 2021-Influential/Impactful Changemaker.  Focus on a special changemaker in your local community anyone who has been influential and impactful in your life. Just like our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, whose birthday is October 31, you too can pay it forward like she did so many times over.
  • Nov 2021-Service Member Changemaker.  Let us recognize our service men and women who make our country a better place every day to coincide with Veterans Day.
  • Dec 2021-Giving Back Changemaker.  Get into the holiday spirit and share the love by giving back to a special holiday need that is meaningful to you and your community and recognizing those who make it possible.
  • Jan 2022-Girl Scout Cookie Changemaker.  Be sure to recognize those who support you in your Girl Scout Cookie Program endeavors this month!
  • Feb 2022-Peacebuilding Changemaker. February 22 is World Thinking Day, a day of international friendship. The 2022 theme is Peacebuilding- to Stand Strong, Stand Up and Stand Together. Look for ways to celebrate your local peacebuilding changemakers and stand side by side with them to create peace and spread the love in your community.
  • Mar 2022-Girl Scout Changemaker.  Girl Scout Week takes place this month, so let us raise up all things Girl Scouts! Be sure to give a shout out to those who have helped you throughout your Girl Scout journey and show them how much you appreciate them.
  • Apr 2022-Environmental Changemaker.  Take the Girl Scout Tree Promise in honor of Earth Day! 

Here are more ways you and your troop can take part:

Think about the people who support and inspire you. They might be teachers, parents, or any individuals serving your community and supporting others. Talk about why it’s important that we honor people who support us.

Once you’ve decided on one person you’d like to honor, decide how you (and your troop!) will show your gratitude. You could write a letter to tell the person what their support has meant to you, or you could support a cause they champion.

Reflect on the experience of recognizing this person. How did it feel for you? How did they react? Were your actions responded to by others in your community? How so?

Once you or your troop has completed the service project and submitted the photograph for inclusion in the Thrive Art Show, head on over to purchase the patch.  The Thrive Art Show 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 shop@nccoastalpines.org.

    

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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. 

Articles
Books
Social Media
Videos

                                        

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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 – coming 2022!
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Month – coming 2022!
  • LGBTQ+ Pride Month – coming 2022! 

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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 shop@nccoastalpines.org 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 shop@nccoastalpines.org 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.  

                            

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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

Patches

                            

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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