Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are core values of Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast. We aim to empower every Girl Scout to make the world a better place.
We value diversity in all its forms. We are committed to creating an environment where all girls have the opportunity to participate in a movement that encourages them to overcome barriers and become leaders in their community and world.
All GSCCC staff, volunteers, and members are expected to think, speak, and act in ways that ensure all people feel they belong and can meaningfully participate in all aspects of Girl Scouting.
AUGUST 1, 2023: At the 56th National Council Session, delegates representing councils from across the country voted to pass the DEIRJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Racial Justice) language proposal that will insert the word “anti-racism” into the Preamble of the Girl Scouts Constitution, codifying our guiding principle to be an inclusive, anti-racist organization where all members feel welcome, respected, and empowered. As amended, it now reads: “Girl Scouts advance diversity, pluralism, and anti-racism and actively identify and oppose racism by removing systemic barriers to participation in our Movement and in the communities in which we live.”
As we strive to develop girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, our success will be determined by our ability to create pathways of inclusion and belonging across Girl Scouts. In that spirit, GSUSA has established a DEIRJ Steering Committee—comprised of staff members from our national organization as well as our local councils—to ensure that our commitment to DEIRJ is operationalized across all levels of our organization. They also conducted their first-ever, year-long, DEIRJ audit—across both GSUSA and 111 local councils—to thoroughly understand the challenges that exist within our organization and how to meaningfully address them. While the process of achieving transformational change will not happen overnight—and our organization still has much more work to do in order to accomplish greater results—GSUSA is committed to this journey for the long haul.
The Girl Scout Multicultural Community Celebration patch was designed to celebrate the countless contributions that diverse communities have made and continue to make in the United States. Girl Scouts of all levels and their leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn each segment of this fun patch. We encourage girls from all ethnic backgrounds to participate, they are sure to learn interesting new things.
Learn more about the history and culture of African American people, and pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who faced adversity in achieving full citizenship in American society. We’ve got plenty of activities for you to choose from as you join the Black History Month celebration. You’ll discover and learn your way to earning a fun patch!
The Girl Scout Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Fun Patch is designed for Girl Scouts of all levels and their leaders, to celebrate the cultural richness of all people in the U.S. whose ancestors came from the Pacific Islands or the Asian diaspora, and to acknowledge the many contributions of the AAPI community to our nation. Girls and leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn this fun patch, and we encourage girls from all ethnic backgrounds to participate.
The Girl Scout LGBTQ+ Pride Month Celebration Fun Patch is designed for Girl Scouts of all levels and their leaders to honor LGBTQ+ history, to celebrate the diverse cultures and identities of LGBTQ+ people, and to acknowledge the many contributions of the LGBTQ+ community has made and continues to make across our nation. Girls and leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn this fun patch, and we encourage girls of all identities to participate.
The United States is home to about 60 million Latino and Hispanic people. That's a lot of culture (and people) to celebrate! You can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your family and friends by recognizing all the histories, cultures, and contributions that Hispanic and Latino people have made. Take this opportunity to learn more about the 21 Spanish-speaking countries and territories’ cultures honored during these four weeks. And with plenty of activities to choose from, the discovery and fun are endless. Get the Hispanic Heritage Month Patch!
The United States has 574 federally recognized Indian Nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities, and native villages). You can celebrate Native American Heritage Month by recognizing with your family and friends the histories, cultures, and contributions of the Native American communities that were the first inhabitants in the United States. Take this opportunity to learn more about the cultures of the Indian Nations in your state and across the country. We’ve got plenty of activities to choose from, so you can make new discoveries and have tons of fun while earning your patch!