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Girl Scouts and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.   

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 shop@nccoastalpines.org.

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

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. 

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 .

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 shop@nccoastalpines.org.

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 shop@nccoastalpines.org.

Beyond Today.  Thrive Art Show

Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines is excited to present the 2024 Thrive Art Show, a juried art contest with the new theme, Hopes & Dreams. Creativity knows no bounds and imagination is the key that unlocks infinite possibilities. In this year’s Thrive Art Show, Girl Scouts are asked to capture their Hopes and Dreams in artistic expression. Let your aspirations spark a flame of hope and picture a world where no dream is too big or too small.

All types of visual arts will be considered. All submissions must be made between January 8, 2024- March 31, 2024 (midnight) and the show will be available online for public viewing starting May 1, 2024. Registration fee of $5.00 includes a certificate of recognition and the Thrive Art Show activity patch.

Register Today: Registration Open - Thrive Art Show 2024

Last Year’s Show: Thrive Art Show 2023

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
  • LGBTQ+ Pride Month
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 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.

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 shop@nccoastalpines.org or visiting your local retail shop.

June is LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Pride Month , an annual celebration of the achievements, impact, and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States. In June we also commemorate the Stonewall uprising which marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans. As Girl Scouts we deeply value diversity and inclusion. A Girl Scout is a friend and ally to all families.