Girl Scouts has a rich history of empowering girls to help improve their communities. Since 1912, Girl Scout groups throughout the country have participated in community service projects addressing everything from caring for animals, baking for troops, serving senior citizens to improving the environment. Community service projects such as tending a local garden at a school or church can be completed in one day. Other endeavors, such as adopting grandparents through the Silver Lining program can span multiple visits throughout the year. Whatever the group decides to undertake, girls learn the benefit of giving back to the community.
Take Action is designed to elevate traditional Girl Scout community service from meeting an immediate need to advocacy projects that make change happen. Girls identify a cause they feel passionate about, and with advocacy and action, make a change. Girls can create a Take Action project with each leadership journey they complete. Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award projects are all Take Action projects.
Take Action projects encourage girls to think bigger and to address problems in such a way that positive change occurs. Girl Scouts can focus on accomplishing the following measurable outcomes from taking action:
Girls can identify community needs.
Girls are resourceful problem solvers.
Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally.
Girls educate and inspire others to act.
Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world.
Here are seven steps to a successful Take Action project:
1. Map It—Investigate community needs and problem causes
2. Plan It—Prepare a Take Action plan
3. Do It—Act “with” the community
4. Think About It—Reflect on the project’s impact
5. Advocate for It—Demonstrate the importance of the issue to others
6. Be Proud of It—Celebrate the accomplishments
7. Keep It Going—Think about how the project could be sustained
Be Sure to Report Your Service!
A community service report form for troops and communities/service units is included on the second page of the Financial Report. Individual girls (who are not members of troops) can also use this form, or the forms provided in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting to log community service. It's very important to report all service completed, whether the service is through the council, service unit/community, troop, or as an individual Girl Scout. Submit your community service hours with your Troop or Service Unit/Community Financial Report semiannually and March 15 and September 30.
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