Every Girl Scout is a part of a special group of girls that stretches not just across the United States, but also around the world. Girl Scouts of the USA and all Girl Scout members are part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which includes 10 million girls in 150 countries. All those girls, in all those countries, united and working to make the world a better place!
Juliette Gordon Low said it best when she declared, “Girl Scouting and Guiding can be the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.”
This year, Nebraska Girl Scouts are working together and participating in programming that relates to global issues affecting women and girls. The new Global Action Day patch is designed to engage you and your troop in the Global Days of Action, along with millions of other Girl Scouts and girl advocates. To earn the patch, you must participate in three of eight action days listed in the official Girl Scouts Global Action Days Toolkit.
The qualifying Global Action Days are International Women's Day, Global Youth Service Day, Global Action Week for Education, Girls in ICT Day, World Environment Day, International Day of the Girl, Global Poverty Day, and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The toolkit includes separate and age-appropriate activities for Daisies/Brownies/Juniors and Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors. World Thinking Day is also a Global Action Day, but because it has its own award, it cannot be used to earn the Global Action Days patch.
Girls and troops can earn the Global Action Day patch by celebrating three of these days and completing an online form that includes a short summary of what they learned. They will receive the patch in the mail. A limited number of patches are available and will distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
A special program for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, which will help girls earn the patch and think globally, is a documentary series highlighting three Global Action Days. Our council will screen CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap for Girls in ICT Day, Arise for World Environment Day, and Girl Rising for International Day of the Girl. Check your summer guide for local viewing details. If you can’t attend one of the documentary screenings, be a leader and arrange a screening in your own community!
Please note that some Global Action Day discussions may contain
sensitive issues relating to religious beliefs, cultural standards,
and family values. Your troop and Girl Scout should approach these
topics in the way your families see fit. The toolkit includes a sensitive issues form, in
case your troop is interested in tackling big issues with older