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Think Globally

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 or Badge, earning their Global Action Award, or traveling with a Girl Scout Destination, girls can engage with global issues at every program level.

So as a Girl Scout, go find your place in the world and make a real difference, whether having a global impact by participating in local activities, completing a Girl Scout Journey or Badge, or traveling the globe with Girl Scouts.

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

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.

GSME's Global Action Team has created the following resources to help volunteers and girls celebrate each of the Global Action Days.

Global Action Award

In 2015, leaders worldwide agreed to work together to accomplish 17 goals by 2030: the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs).They focus on topics like taking care of the environment, making sure all people have enough to eat, and improving people’s health. Although they’re big goals, Girl Scouts know a thing or two about changing the world! To learn more about the SDGs, visit the World’s Largest Lesson.

The Global Action award calls for girls to address the SDGs by discovering, connecting, and taking action in their communities and beyond.  The theme for the Global Action Award changes every year and can be earned annually.

The Global Action Award is an official national Award. Girl Scouts wear it on the front of their vest or sash, just like a badge.

Award requirements:

Global Action Challenges

GSME's Global Action Team has created four Global Challenges for you to complete throughout the year without even leaving your home! Learn more about the challenges here.

  • Global Action Days Challenge
  • Free Being Me patch challenge | Coming January 2022
  • World Centres patch challenge | Coming March 2022
  • Green ME Up patch challenge | Coming April 2022
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Travel

Girl Scouts love to travel—from the field trips they take as Brownies to the global adventures they go on as teens. If you love exploring different places and cultures, then Girl Scouts is the place for you.

Thinking about planning a trip? Check out the Girl Scout Guide to U.S. Travel for help getting started with a three- to four-night trip in your region or a longer trip anywhere in the United States. Once you’ve explored the country, consider going on an international trip! The Girl Scout Global Travel Toolkit can help you get where you want to go.

Learn more about GSME's Travel Program!

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.

Did you know that WAGGGS has 5 World Centres? The World Centres are located in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Mexico, India, and Africa and offer Girl Scouts and Girl Guides comfortable, safe places to stay for short periods or longer term and provide opportunities of a lifetime while making new friends from across the globe.

Learn more about our five World Centres here.  

World Thinking Day Award

February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day. Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world use World Thinking Day as an opportunity to think of each other and our global sisterhood; to raise awareness about the issues that impact girls and young women around the world; and to take action to address those issues as a global movement. The theme for World Thinking Day changes every year and this award can be earned annually.

The World Thinking Day Award is an official national Award. Girl Scouts wear it on the front of their vest or sash, just like a badge.

Award requirements:

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Join the Global Action Team (GAT)

Learn what it means to be part of a global movement when you join GSME’s Global Action Team!

The Global Action Team meets virtually on a monthly basis to create or advance programming and education in a variety of areas, with the goal of developing an increased awareness of global Girl Scouting and the interconnectedness of girls and girls’ issues throughout the world.

For more information or if you would like to join the Global Action Team, contact Tami Fisher.