Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Black History Month: A Celebration of #BlackGirlMagic


To honor Black History Month this year, we’re celebrating the next generation of world-changers who are out there making history right now, embodying Black Girl Magic across the country!

While it’s important to recognize all year long the incredible talent, power, beauty, and resilience of Black women and girls everywhere—Black Girl Magic—February offers a special time to lift up the many important moments in history that have Black leaders at the center. Throughout the month, we’ll shine an extra bright spotlight on the voices and stories of Black girls who are making change—and history—across the Girl Scout Movement.

From taking civic action for social change, to expanding access to clean air and water, to championing STEM education for marginalized populations, to addressing food insecurity, there’s no limit to what Girl Scouts can do—because they show us just that. Below are a few examples of Girl Scouts who are impacting their corner of the world in major ways to create a better place for us all.

Let’s dive in and get inspired to shake things up—Girl Scout style. 

Libby and Charlotte

For their Girl Scout Silver Award and inspired by 
Little Free Diverse Libraries, Girl Scout Cadettes Libby and Charlotte built a little diverse library in their town and stocked it with books written by and about people of color. These Girl Scout sisters set up a book donation drive at their local elementary school and also reached out to publishers for contributions. So far they’ve collected over 200 books! Follow Libby’s and Charlotte’s project on Instagram to keep up with the library’s latest additions and get ideas for books to add to your family’s own library hold list! 


For her high school peers, National Gold Award Girl Scout Kennedy built a database of more than 50 groups and organizations that offer service-learning opportunities. She also equipped students at her school with guidance on how to match their interests to organizations that need support. Kennedy’s hard work meant that more service hours were logged per student than before she took action. And there’s more: this go-getting Girl Scout founded the World Changers Service Club, a group of young civic leaders like her who promote the true meaning of service learning and undertake projects to support their communities. Learn more about Kennedy’s Gold Award.


Girl Scout Kayla believes that with a little effort, we can make a BIG difference for the environment. She earned her Gold Award by raising awareness about waste minimization, which refers to processes that reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous waste that’s generated. Kayla even founded a nonprofit, Earth Savers Rock, and she continues to promote environmental sustainability by providing her social media followers with information and practical tips to help them reduce, reuse, and recycle.


Girl Scout Ambassador Randi is working to earn her Gold Award via a project she’s titled A Nation’s Guide to Diversity and Inclusion, which helps both kids and adults emphasize diversity and inclusion in everyday life. Randi’s work also supports people in incorporating four interrelated principles of social justice into their lives: equity, access, participation, and human rights. Next up for Randi is hosting virtual forums on these crucial topics. Check out her Social Justice Resource Center and watch her upcoming events page to join the conversation.


When she was just 9 years old, Girl Scout Cadette Temple launched a website dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Now 12 and an aspiring astrophysicist, in her words Temple “advocates for girls and minorities to gain exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related fields.” She offers free workshops, classes, and motivational talks to get more youth involved in STEM—and her STEM Girl Swag movement is growing by the week! 


Last September, Gold Award Girl Scout Cydney was named Philadelphia’s youth poet laureate. (Whoa.) In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many people were spending a good deal of time indoors, Cydney found she was able to really focus on writing—including for her Gold Award, Project GOOD (Girls Overcome Obstacles Daily), a virtual mentoring space where middle and high school girls can connect, work through issues, and talk about healthy relationships. With her project, Cydney hopes to “let young people know that we have the power to change things.” Get inspired by more of Cydney’s work at Cydtalks.


National Gold Award Girl Scout Kiara created the Very Hungry Caterpillar Garden in her community, so that she could grow healthy food for distribution through the local food pantry. In her words, “When people who aren’t experiencing food insecurity think about people who are, they may assume that if a person has access to a food bank they’ll be OK. But food banks don’t always offer many fresh food options.” Read more about Kiara’s Gold Award project, which also addressed education and empowerment. 

Let’s keep the celebration going all year! On social media, share examples of Black Girl Magic in your troop, being sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or send us a private message. We’ll be featuring stories all month (and year!) long, and we want to hear from you. Let’s show the world—over and over again—what #BlackGirlMagic can do!

Thursday, January 28, 2021

26 Remarkable Girls Defining the Future of Girl Scouts!

Get ready to meet the 26 most important girls in Girl Scouts today! 

Did you know that Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has an international team of high school Girl Scouts who advise us on strategy and create programming? Did you know that these girls are the ones who guide the Girl Scout vision for the future? And did you know that you can apply to be considered as a member? Yes! It's true, and we want to share with you all the amazing work these girls have accomplished – putting the girl-led into Girl Scouts!

The current “G-Team” is made up of 26 Girl Scouts from across the continental United States,  Puerto Rico, and Italy, with a special representative from Guias de Mexico. The team has just completed their 20-month internship with GSUSA, and is getting ready to pass the torch to a new G-Team in 2021 (check our social media in February for more details!).The G-Team’s journey began in December 2018, when each girl applied to be part of the planning group  for G.I.R.L.2020, the Girl Scouts’ tri-annual convention scheduled for October 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Out of 750 applicants, 26 girls were chosen, and they met virtually for five months before finally meeting in person in Orlando in July 2019. “When we went to Orlando and I met all the girls and saw how talented and capable they were, and when I met the adults and realized the trust they had in us and all the support they gave us, then I though "I am so glad I'm doing this".” Maria, Guias de Mexico

Over the next eight months, this team worked on planning an epic event… and then COVID happened. 

When we made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person convention, not one of the 26 G-Team members quit. 

“I think change and flexibility was the theme of this internship and I’m so impressed with how much we were able to do together. We all had the choice to quit after convention was cancelled but we stayed and did more good than I could have imagined.”  - Mary, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

Each and every girl went on to find a new set of projects to help make Girl Scouts better for all girls. And those projects also provided new opportunities for them to learn and grow.  “On the G-TEAM, I believe I have grown in many aspects. One of the largest elements was when we heard the news about G.I.R.L 2020”, said Isabel from Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. “As a team we had to quickly pivot and reassess what our roles were going to be moving forward. Without those challenges in our paths I might not have been able to experience the moments I had.” 

The impact of their work was truly wide ranging and will reverberate for years to come.

The G-Team created the very first videos for Girl Scouts at Home, our new online programming site, ultimately creating 18 activity videos for their sister Girl Scouts. They also jumped into hosting live, national virtual events, leading 18 events throughout the spring, summer, and fall. And they were just getting started.

The G-Team formed a production team and created 10 episodes of an entirely new show for Instagram TV and YouTube called G-Team TV. “Working on G-Team TV, it was us girls who developed the format, the mission of the show, picked speakers and segments, created graphics, and so much more. We were able to build something amazing from the ground up,” said Kami, an Ambassador G-Team member from Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida. “Being on the G-team makes me feel like an innovator… a group of girls who were willing to create new programs and advise on how to improve existing ones. Girls who put in the research and time to develop the best product.” 

Working with the Girl Scout Research Institute, (which measures the impact of Girl Scout programming and leads national conversations about girls and their development via groundbreaking original studies), the G-Team completed original research on girls on mental health. They created  a report of their findings and delivered a presentation for our National Council Session. 

Speaking of the National Council Session, G-Team members spent countless hours getting that event off the ground – serving on committees, developing resources, and running virtual events. It was clear that the Session would not have been as successful without the G-team as a force in the planning and delivery of the event.

And if all of this wasn't enough, the G-Team  also created a new national service project for all ages (coming soon to Girl Scouts at Home!), worked on a research project to help redesign Girl Scouts’ national website, and led a virtual international event with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from across the world. Finally, the G-Team spent many hours helping to shape the future of Girl Scouting through providing GSUSA leadership with the girl perspective on issues as diverse as our faith programs, older girl uniforms, racial justice, sustainability, and strategy and programming for older girls. Wow! Talk about impact. Let’s hear more from the girls themselves about their experience as we celebrate their work!

Q. What was the most fulfilling project you completed as a G-Team member?

Erin, Girl Scouts of Oregon & Southwest Washington

A. As a member of the G-Team, the most fulfilling project I was a part of was G-Team TV. Having a voice in creating a brand new program from the beginning was a tremendous learning experience and then working through the kinks and finally seeing our first episode air was a truly amazing feeling. Continuing that momentum and successfully completing 10 episodes was so fulfilling. It is great knowing I was part of something new, fresh and girl led!

Orezi, Girl Scouts of Colorado

A. The website redesign project was really fulfilling because we completed every single part of a real board presentation almost on our own. It felt like an amazing career experience, and it has an actual impact on the website. There were so few of us on the team that the presentation really felt like a personal project, so it felt great when it was well-received.

Roshni, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

A. I would say working on both G-Team TV and with the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI). With G-Team TV it was so cool to see a whole production get put together in only a couple months. We worked so many hours figuring out music, colors, and speakers. It was fun to see it all get put together and out there to all GS members. With GSRI, I loved being able to learn more about Mental Health and how it impacts girls. I learned that many of us are more alike than we think and that its refreshing to be open about mental health. Overall, I love being able to make a lasting impact in girls on a national level. 

Serena, Girl Scouts of San Diego

A. I think the most fulfilling project I completed as a G-Team member was G-Team TV. More specifically, I really enjoyed the role that I took on as the reporter/interviewer. Having the opportunity to interview amazing girls and women and learn more about their accomplishments was really inspiring. It made me realize how much I enjoy talking and learning more about people and their backgrounds.

Elizabeth, Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri

A. I was so lucky to be a governance intern with the National Council Session advisory team! Meeting with the dues sub-group, hosting the girl delegate caucus, interviewing board candidates, and learning the ins and outs of a large non-profit are just a few of the amazing things G-Team let me do. I've learned to see the world from so many different perspectives; to listen and respond to many different voices; and to trust my own voice and my own ideas. G-Team is immediate, visible proof that girls can do ANYTHING.

Naomi, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

A. I think of the profound impact G-Team has not only had on my life, but others. The most fulfilling project for me was working for the Girl Scout Research Institute on mental health research. As Girl Scouts looks ahead to the next few years, we have to ask ourselves how to make mental health a priority, and the Girl Scout Research Institute did just that. Through research, focus groups, and analyzing data, our team presented to the National Council Session. Girl Scouts truly is girl-led and this team exemplifies that fact. Through our two years of work we have redefined what it means to be an Older Girl Scout. We have proven that Girl Scouts is so much more then just selling cookies. We are Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk Takers and Leaders. And our story has just begun.

Q. What kind of impact do you think being on the G-Team has had on you? How have you grown?

Amanda, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida

A. On the G-Team, I have gained many friends that I would have not had otherwise. There is absolutely no way I would have met these girls because we live all around the world. I have become a better collaborator and team member and am excited to include some of my new best friends in my journey.

Ava, Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital

A. My experiences with G-Team has pushed me outside my comfort zone. Before this internship, I would have never thought I would have been able to accomplish with the G-Team. I have hosted many live events, spoken in front of thousands of people, created a national service project, contributed to a research paper and made friends from around the world.

Ella, Girl Scouts of Arizona Catus-Pines

A. The G-Team gives girls the opportunity to provide GSUSA with a girl perspective and give back to the incredible organization on a massive scale. Being part of the G-Team has given me real work experience, confidence in expressing my ideas to both adults and other teens, and an amazing group of like-minded, hardworking friends.

Kami, Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida

A. Being a part of the G-Team has helped me look at things through a different point of view. Before I would only give input for someone of my situation. I would think to myself, "Would this be inclusive for a girl like me?" Meeting so many passionate Girl Scouts from across the nation with very unique, strong personalities, I was able to start thinking about others. Now I ask myself questions like, "Would this be inclusive for someone with disabilities, someone who is introverted, someone who doesn't have social media access?" Outside of the team this has helped improve my daily life. Before I make a statement online, I now think about what communities I could be hurting, and how my actions make others feel. Being more tolerant has made me more confident in myself. I am not someone who likes to leave others out or make people uncomfortable - I want everyone to have a good time. With my new skills I know how to approach people who are different than me and make them my friend.

Genesis, Girl Scouts of Gateway

A. Being on G-Team has been one of my hopes since I met some of the girls on G.I.R.L.2017 Convention G-Team. It not only inspired passion, but dedication and a commitment to something so much bigger than me. It has taught me to work well with other girls my age, from everywhere, to create something together.

Isabel, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

A. The G-Team is far more than a business internship, although business can be fun. You also gain new skills that can be implemented into your everyday life – from event hosting to video editing. Most importantly you’re signing up for a lifetime of friendship.

Mary Lara, Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council

A. The G-Team has made me a much more confident person, and helped me gain an amazing professional skill set that will benefit me throughout my entire life. The community of girls and adults has helped me grow so much. I have grown in my willingness to try new things and and to make leaps into new areas of professional development. I have also grown in my confidence around other people, both on and off camera. I have become a Risk-Taker. I would not be the same person I am today had it not been for the G-Team.

Mary, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

A. Being on the G-team has really taught me so much about teamwork. At our meeting in Orlando, we were told that we all deserved to be there, and now I enter every meeting with the same attitude. Listening to everyone's opinion and really considering someone's side is a huge part of teamwork and I'm glad the G-team helped me see that.

Maya, USA Girl Scouts Overseas (Italy)

A. By being on the G-Team I have learned so much about the power of girls and the strength of sisterhood as well as my own strength. I know I can be a strong leader and overcome obstacles no matter how tough they may seem.

Milani, Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho

A. Being on the G-Team has shown me that there is no limit to the possibility of greatness in every Girl Scout. I started this as a fun after school activity, now it is a way to see the world from a new perspective.

Nadia, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

A. Being a part of the G-Team has encouraged me to think outside of the box. Every project we completed required us to think realistically about the logistics, but creatively about our goals. It was a creative yet critical experience that grew my ability to set goals and see them to completion despite the obstacles.

Miranda, Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas

A. Being part of the G-Team has been an incredible experience that I think could benefit any girl. I've loved being involved with such a diverse team on projects that I never saw myself as being able to do as a teenager - like planning a convention or producing a TV series. No matter what you're interested in, you'll be able to find a project that you're passionate about and will have the opportunity to work with the most amazing people.

Q. Is there a moment you remember when you thought, “I am so glad I am doing this”?

Isabel, Caribe

A. I will never, ever forget the morning that I learned I was 1 of the 25 G-TEAM members chosen, out of more than 750 applications. When I think about my experience, my head fills with so many amazing moments. The hundreds of virtual meetings we’ve had, our time in Orlando summer 2019, the show we made (G-Team TV), the Global Roundtable, the incredible mentors and girls I got to work with, all the laughs, the friendships I made, all the events we’ve worked on, all the impacts and inspirational work we have made.

Margaret, Girl Scouts of Connecticut

A. I was running part of the girl caucus, where girl delegates to the National Council Session got the opportunity to discuss the proposals with each other in a girl-only space, and it was just amazing to see all those girls asking questions and making points in a civil discussion of the issues at hand. I got to watch democracy in action within our movement, and it was wonderful to see all these girls becoming informed about the issues at hand. 

Q. Why is Girl Scouts a part of your life? 

Alexis, Girl Scouts of Citrus

A. Girl Scouts is a part of my life because when I was young it was a great way to learn new skills and meet new people. Also, Girl Scouts has grown with me as a person and as I get older there are still many new skills and opportunities that Girl Scouts presents. Girl Scouts has been a part of my life for a very long time and it is one of the best things I have ever done.

Maria, Guias de Mexico

A. “Girl Scouts/Guides is a part of my life because without this organization I wouldn't be who I am now. It's a part of my life because it represents what I want to be and achieve, and it's part of my life because it completes me, because it gives me a purpose: to make a change as an empowered woman.”

Q. Why should other girls think about applying to be a part of the G-Team?

Sidney, Girl Scouts of Minnesota & Wisconsin River Valleys

Firstly, you will gain connections you never thought possible. Anything you want to do is essentially available: you like speaking, writing, math, analysis, event planning, marketing, social media, Girl Scout history, or literally anything? BOOM: G-Team material. There’s a place for anyone and you will meet the most amazing people.

Isabella, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County 

Why should girls apply to be on the G-Team? You’ll meet some of the most incredible, kind, awe-inspiring girls. Your voice will matter. You’ll realize that you CAN make change, that you DO have an impact. You’ll seek out more opportunities, explore new passions-  there’s a kind of rush that comes with being part of the G-Team, of feeling seen and necessary. And I think you’ll be more driven to seek out the things that make your soul shine as a result. I know I was.

Additional G-Team Members:

Allarie, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida

Kadance, Girl Scouts of Gateway

The G-Team had a life changing experience and left their mark on Girl scouts forever. Check GSUSA’s social media in February for information about applying for the 2021 G-Team! 💚✨

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Girl Scouts Commits to Strengthening Our Democracy

Guest Blog from Interim CEO Judith Batty

The terrible events of January 6 are a stark reminder of the fragility of democracy and the critical need for every generation of Americans to be civically educated and engaged from a young age. According to a 2019 survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, just 39% of adults in our country are able to name all three branches of government.

This is a shocking statistic, and it reflects the unfortunate fact that, across the U.S., civics is not taught in many classrooms. 

Girl Scouts is committed to being part of the solution. It’s a commitment that is embedded in our Promise and Law and our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. 

As we transition to a new era of U.S. leadership, we want to encourage all girls to be informed citizens so they can become the change-makers of the future. That’s why I’m excited to announce that, today through February 15, Girl Scouts is making the booklets and requirements for our Democracy badges free for all to download. With this support, girls will learn about their federal, state, and local governments, including how their elected officials make decisions and how they—girls—can make a difference in their communities and the country.

It’s more important than ever that we at Girl Scouts double down on our commitment to strengthening our democracy. We are giving girls the tools and the knowledge they need to understand the role of democracy in our nation and the objectives of democratic institutions, so that they can become leaders who work to improve and protect it. Girls must know they have the power to bring about the changes they want to see—and that our country needs. 


Girl Scouts Across the Country Reflect on Historic Achievements for Women

They say you can’t be what you can’t see. And Girl Scouts around the country are watching with eyes wide open as the newest slate of elected officials transcend barriers for women in office. Girls have plenty of examples to look up to: at least 122* women representatives and delegates will serve in the 117th Congress—the most ever! And 55% of them are Girl Scout alums. 

“As a Girl Scout, when I see other women that have been in Girl Scouts, I feel like I have representation. I also feel confident because I know that they will live by the Girl Scout Law, which outlines principles that everyone can strive to live by such as being responsible for what I say and do, and respecting myself and others."

—Girl Scout Cadette Lily, Nebraska

“I feel proud that we have women who can change the world! It's important for people to know that girls can do the same things that boys can!”

—Girl Scout Brownie Mara, Florida

“Observing the passion and persistence of our congresswomen inspires me to continue my work to change the law locally and make Alabama a ‘hands-free’ state. All the Girl Scout alums holding public office show that working on service projects at the local level sets Girl Scouts on a path to accomplishing greater things!” 

—Girl Scout Ambassador Alex, Alabama

Among notable, history-making firsts in the 2020 election, Kamala Harris becomes the first woman to hold the office of Vice President of the United States, as well as the first Black and South Asian American to hold the office. 

“I am happy and excited to see the first woman vice president because it changes history. It makes me glad to look up to black women leaders and lets me know that my skin color doesn’t stop me from changing the world.”

—Girl Scout Brownie Emarie, Florida

“Being someone who is South Asian and seeing Kamala Harris as the first woman with a South Asian background to enter the office is really meaningful. Kamala is someone who has great influence towards making meaningful change, and I really look up to her. It shows all of us how important it is for girls to get involved in their community—and of course, a great way to become more involved with the community is through the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards! When we see all of these girls making changes in their individual communities, it adds up to great change happening all over the world, leading to the greater good.”

—Girl Scout Ambassador Roshni, Texas

“It is appalling that after 45 vice presidents, only in 2021 has a woman been elected to the executive office of the United States government. I see great things for women in the future; women aren’t going backwards, they are going forwards.”

—Girl Scout Cadette Sylvie, New York

And it doesn’t end there! A record number of 18 Republican women were newly elected to the U.S. House, nearly 40% of whom are Girl Scout alums. And a record number of 52 women of color will serve in the 117th Congress and—no surprise—almost half of them are Girl Scout alums. 

With so many trailblazing women as examples, Girl Scouts can see that they, too, belong in the room where decisions are made.

“Girl Scouts is all about empowering young women and girls, and it’s nice to have that continued outside of Girl Scouts. It’s important for girls to know that they are able to hold positions of power and have women in power that they can look up to. It’s also especially important that our government has many different types of people with various identities within it since the government is supposed to represent the people it serves. There are many different types of people in our population, so our government should have plenty of diversity to represent everyone.”

—Girl Scout Ambassador Justine, Michigan

“I feel very excited with the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as the record number of women entering national public office this year!! It encourages all girls that hard work and confidence in ourselves make it possible to achieve our dreams. To space and beyond!”

—Girl Scout Cadette Sienna, New York

Feeling inspired? Girls can start flexing their leadership muscles and discover how they can make a difference right now. From January 21 to February 4, 2021, troops can download—for free!—the booklets and requirements to earn their Democracy badges. They'll learn how local, state, and federal government works, how laws are created, how they can connect with their own government officials—and how they can be the change they want to see. 

From city halls to the halls of Congress, tomorrow’s leaders are today’s Girl Scouts!

*One Congressional race in which a woman is running (NY-22) has still not been called. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

World Thinking Day 2021: Join Together for Peace

Get ready to take your game-changing ways to a whole new level for World Thinking Day 2021! 


This year’s theme is peacebuilding.

This year’s theme is peacebuilding. 


When it comes to making the world a better place, peacebuilding is as relevant today as it has ever been. World peace is something we can all support by learning, reflecting, and taking action that inspires positive change.  


On February 22, 2021, over 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world will do their part to call for and create peace in our lives and in the world. And you can be a part of this global movement! 

What Is World Thinking Day?  

Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship. Girls speak out about issues that affect them with support from 10 million other Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 150 countries.  


It all started when girls met at Girl Scouts of the USAs very own Camp Edith Macy (now Edith Macy Center) for the fourth World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Conference. The delegates agreed that there should be a special day every year when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides think of one another and celebrate global sisterhood. They decided to call it Thinking Day and chose February 22 to honor the birthdays of Girl Guide founders Lord and Lady Baden-Powell.  

In 1999, at the 30th World Conference in Dublin, Ireland, delegates wanted to make sure the day reflected the Girl Scout Movement’s international nature, so they changed the name to World Thinking Day.   


Every year since, World Thinking Day has called on Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to unite and take part in activities that change the world for the better.   

How You (and Your Troop) Can Participate  


Download the World Thinking Day 2021 Activity Pack and complete the activities to earn this year’s World Thinking Day Award. You only have to complete one activity in each step to earn the award, but don’t let that stop you—try as many as you like! (And don’t forget to purchase your World Thinking Day 2021 Award from the Girl Scout shop!)  


Share what you’re doing to encourage your community to explore the issues and actions that can lead to conflict and those that lead to peace; understand the link between discrimination, exclusion, and peace; and take action to create a more welcoming and peaceful society. Then tell us all about it on social media using the hashtag #WorldThinkingDay. We’ll be sharing stories of Girl Scouts who are making the world a better place. 


You can also donate to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund to honor and contribute to the diversity of our global sisterhood. The fund makes it possible for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to take part in international travel and projects.  

Join us, and let’s make the world a more peaceful place!