Girl Scouts and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advocacy
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.
Resources for Troop Leaders and Volunteers
Whether you're a parent/caregiver or Girl Scout troop leader, offering a safe space for your girl to talk about important issues is vital. Review these resources as you navigate discussions.
- 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)
- Pages 13-14 cover emotional safety and mental health.
Girl Scouting is a partnership between girls, volunteers and families. To be responsive to girls’ needs and interests in challenging times where personal values and experiences may be part of a "safe space" conversation, we request that troop leaders seek permission from families first.
Ways to Take Action
As a girl-led organization we support our Girl Scouts' passion and desire to make a difference within their own communities. See below a living lists of resources for Girl Scout advocates.
- Girl Scouts of the USA Civic Engagment
- Girl Scouts of the USA Advocacy
- Indiana Civil Rights Commission Equal Opportunity Patch Program Curriculum from Girl Scouts of Central Indiana [PDF]
- Earn the Racial Justice Patch from Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and YWCA [PDF]
- Help Your Kids Take Action Against Racism
Girl Scouts' Highest Awards
Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn. All three awards give girls the chance to do big things while supporting an issue they care about. Highest Award Girl Scouts are impacting the worlds of STEM, education, agriculture, medicine, and culture.
Ways to Learn
The following resources serve as a starting point for conversation and education.
Girl Scouts' Resources
- Girl Scouts of the USA Blog
- Raising Awesome Girls series
- Talking About Race from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. This online portal provides tools and resources on the topics of race, racial identity, and how they influence every aspect of society.
- Center for Racial Justice and Education
- Evansville African American Museum
- Lyles Station School & Historic Museum
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