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Global Girl Scouts

"Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding can be the magic thread which links the youth of the world together." — Juliette Gordon Low

An Amazing Passport to Discovery
It’s a big world, and what better way to experience it than on a global scale?

There are many ways for girls to engage with global throughout their Girl Scout experience. Whether it is exploring global issues through a Girl Scout Journey, earning their Global Action Award, or traveling with a Girl Scout Destination, girls can engage with global issues at every program level.

Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low once said, “Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding can be the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.” So as a Girl Scout, go find your place in the world and make a real difference, whether traveling the globe or participating in local activities with a global impact.

Here are just a few of the ways girls can participate:

Global Action Team

The Global Action Team works together to:

  • Create goals and objectives of the committee & council including council & GSUSA alignment
  • Create action plans & initiatives that support council priorities
  • Deliver high-level consistent programming to girls
  • Create a clear committee structure with defined roles and responsibilities
  • Conduct on-going committee girl and adult recruiting and engaging appropriate committee members in committee work.
  • Identify two council priorities annually, to align with over the next membership year.  
  • focus on travel and destinations

To learn more about the Global Action Team, contact us.

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

You probably already know there are Girl Scouts all over the United States. But did you know the Girl Scout sisterhood stretches around the world, too? The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) reaches 10 million girls and young women in 150 member organizations that include Girl Scouts of the USA. And all of those girls in all of those countries are working to make the world a better place — just like your girl! Get details at www.wagggs.org.

World Thinking Day Award

The World Thinking Day Award On February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day is a way to celebrate with girls all over the world by doing the same activities around a shared theme.

Award requirements:

Global Action Award

The Global Action Award recognizes girls’ commitment to improving the world as they take action to help meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. These goals – for example, reducing poverty, providing universal primary education, and protecting our environment – form a working blueprint for a better world. 

Award requirements:

International Travel

For over 60 years, Girl Scouts of the USA has offered girls the chance to travel abroad. It’s a great way to learn about other cultures, make new friends, build leadership skills, and share ideas with girls globally. 

Girl Scout Global Action Days & Resources

Throughout the year, girls have the opportunity to work together and participate in Girl Scout programming that relates to different global issues affecting women and girls.  Girl Scouts have identified nine international days, and developed a Global Action Toolkit to help volunteers engage with Girl Scouts on these global days of action.

  • International Day of the Girl | October 11
  • Global Poverty Day | October 17
  • 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence  | November 25 - December 10
  • World Thinking Day | February 22
  • International Women’s Day | March 8
  • Global Youth Service Day | 2nd or 3rd weekend of April
  • Global Action Week for Education | 3rd or 4th week of April
  • Girls in ICT Day | 4th Thursday of April
  • World Environment Day | June 5
  • GSUSA Global Action Days Toolkit
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Data supports the value of global experiences for girls:

  • 84% of girls / 85% of parents agree that being a part of a global organization makes Girl Scouts special and unique
  • Builds on the rich tradition of international focus and friendship since the Girl Scout Movement started
  • Provides safe opportunities for girls to experience their world at all levels
  • Provides experiences that better prepare girls to successfully earn their Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards
  • Allows girls to interact with the other 149 countries that are a part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

For more information, contact us