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Girl Scouts change the world through civic engagement

When you're a Girl Scout you do great things. You believe in taking action and in righting the wrongs you see. You believe we are more powerful together than we are apart.

And you make your voice heard—with bold moves like advocating for positive change in your community, standing up against everyday injustices, mobilizing others to donate or volunteer for causes, meeting with public officials and community leaders to educate them about important issues, and lots more. 

Every girl has a voice. Every girl’s voice is important.

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Note: Individual members may not take action on legislation or participate in any political activity that supports or opposes a candidate for public office, in their capacities as Girl Scouts. Such activities as conducting a flag ceremony at a political rally or appearing in an advertisement or a political candidate - where the person is clearly being identified as a Girl Scout - are prohibited.

Civic Action for Girls from GSUSA

When you're a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ you do great things. You believe in taking action and in righting the wrongs you see. You believe we are more powerful together than we are apart.

And you make your voice heard—with bold moves like advocating for positive change in your community, standing up against everyday injustices, mobilizing others to donate or volunteer for causes, meeting with public officials and community leaders to educate them about important issues, and lots more. You are the power behind the G.I.R.L. Agenda.

Every girl has a voice. Every girl’s voice is important. Get inspired, get prepared, and get mobilized at GSUSA.org today!

Celebrating Women's Equality Day

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast partnered with WHRO TV-15 to host a FREE virtual watch party via OVEE on August 26th – the national observance of Women’s Equality Day! Guests watched a 30 minute segment from the documentary, The Vote, which tells the story of the largest parade in the nation at that time organized by suffragists. This parade changed the course of the movement to win women the right to vote.

The watch party was followed by a panel discussion that you can also view below.

Register for our Virtual Vote Fest/Girl Fest

Saturday, October 31, 2020
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Zoom
Cost: $12
Register Now

Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote! The League of Women Voters will be on-hand to navigate us through the power of our voices and our vote! Girls in all grade levels will be able to identify and explain strategies for bringing people together to find common ground. Meet and get to know someone different, participate in making a group decision, be able to identify common ground held by differing parties in a civil debate, be able to express what compromise means and participate in a mediation activity. Local leaders will be on-hand to share their experiences of holding a position in local government. Some Citizen Badge components will be completed for all grade levels by attending this event.

Non-members also encouraged to attend so be sure to invite your friends! In the meantime, take advantage of our Friend Maker campaign which ends on September 30, 2020. You can earn awesome rewards whenever your friend registers as a new Girl Scout!

Badges & Patches for Girls

Families can now shop civic badges and patches at our local shops with appointment and curbside pickup options, or purchase online at the Girl Scout Shop.

Civics badges offered by GSUSA
(grades K–12)

Girls gain an in-depth understanding of how local, state, and federal government works, preparing them to be voters, activists, and, potentially, political leaders. They research laws and how they’re created, voting and the electoral college, the representation of women in government, and more. They also research their local government officials and are encouraged to meet them. Look for the citizenship topic on the GSUSA Award and Badge Explorer for more details.

Civics patches offered by GSCCC
(grades K–12)

Patches are a fun way for girls to explore their interests and have fun! At Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, we have a number of civil engagement patch programs open for any Girl Scout to complete. 

Explore Virginia Women's History
Explore Virginia Women's Suffrage
Explore North Carolina's Women's Suffrage

Find more ways to discover, connect, and take action with other patches available at our council.

 


Raising Girls articles for families


Taking civic action is all about working to make a difference for the common good. For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has supported girls by offering resources that prepare them to lead, lift their voices, champion their views, and be advocates for the issues and ideas important to them. And it's worked! That's how we know that when it comes to improving society, every person—even the youngest girls among us—can make a difference. Read on to see how you can support and encourage your daughter as she takes on the world and makes it a better place. Find more civic engagement articles at GSUSA.org today.

Help Kids Take Action Against Racism | Girl Scouts

Whenever we see injustice, we all have a responsibility to confront it. Every day, no matter our background or our age, every single one of us has a role to play in taking on an unfair system while working to build a new one that truly works for all.

Should You Bring Your Kid With You to Vote?

Showing up to the polls on Election Day-whether you're voting for the next President of the United States or for your local city council person-is obviously incredibly important, and something you can (and should!) share with your girl.