Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Meet the Troops Taking Civic Action to Build a Better World

Happy Thanksgiving, Girl Scouts! Today, while you prepare for delicious food, loving company, and a weekend full of giving thanks, we also hope you and your fellow Girl Scout sisters enjoy watching the Girl Scout float make its way through the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®!

It’s no surprise that our float’s theme highlights all the ways Girl Scouts everywhere are building a better world—from earning badges to giving back to their communities to taking civic action! To celebrate, we’re honoring four incredible troops who are doing just that.

Earlier this month, we challenged troop leaders across the country to accept the G.I.R.L. Agenda Pledge, through which they agree to add a new member to their troop this year. They also share how they’re taking the lead to advance the G.I.R.L. Agenda—a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action.

Four grand prize winners were randomly selected to have their story featured on Thanksgiving Day. Are you ready to meet these go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders?!

Troop 953

As part of its Agent of Change Journey, Junior Troop 953 from Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is using every troop meeting as an opportunity to help the homeless by making bags full of everyday essentials. Way to go, Girl Scouts!

Troop 118

Daisy Troop 118 from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast has a G.I.R.L. Agenda that’s all about inclusivity. Outside of working with their school to build a buddy bench to combat bullying and inspire classmates to make new friends, these leaders are spreading kindness and inclusivity within their own troop! When they discovered one of their troop members was deaf, they decided to learn American Sign Language together so their Girl Scout sister felt more included in troop activities. How amazing is that?

Troop 75269

How is Brownie Troop 75269 from Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan advancing the G.I.R.L. Agenda? They’re organizing a letter-writing campaign! Each girl will pick an issue important to them, come up with an innovative solution, and send the idea to their local elected officials.

Troop 2815

Troop 2815, a multilevel troop from Girl Scouts of Central California South is part of a Girl Scout robotics team and uses its science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to advance the G.I.R.L. Agenda. How? These innovators are learning more about hydrodynamics so they can use their STEM knowledge to help communities in Africa get better access to clean water.

No matter how old they are, Girl Scouts are catalysts for change in their communities every day! So if you’re at home watching the parade today and want to be an agent of change too, visit and raise your voice in support of girls.