In the midst of a busy election season, we wanted to share with you important information regarding participation in the election process as a representative of Girl Scouts.
The GSUSA Public Policy and Advocacy Office has official guidelines on intervening in elections and participating directly/indirectly in political campaigns in support of or in opposition to any candidate running for public office.
When acting as a representative for Girl Scouts, you may not endorse a candidate or influence an election in anyway. Doing so could result in the loss of GSME's tax-exempt status. Click to read full guidelines
For example, we had a recent incident here in Maine where a Girl Scout in uniform wore a campaign pin to an event. Wearing campaign pins is considered endorsing or influencing an election and is completely against Girl Scout policy.
However, there is much to be learned from the election process, and what better way for us to help girls grow strong than to teach them the importance of using their voice by participating in the upcoming election cycle?
Here are some ideas to teach girls about the election process by encouraging them to participate in the following activities:
- Work on the age appropriate Girl Scout citizen badges, such as Celebrating Communities (Brownies), Inside Government (Juniors),Find Common Ground (Cadettes), Behind the Ballots (Seniors), and Public Policy (Ambassadors).
- Going to the polls with an adult on Election Day
- Collecting signatures of members in their community who promise that they will vote on Election Day such as participating in the "I Promise a Girl Scout I Will Vote" campaign and publicizing the efforts.
Equally attend Republican and Democratic candidate events in Girl Scout uniform and ask candidates questions about issues that are important to girls.