Girl Scouts and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access
For more than 100 years Girl Scouts has stood for making the world a better place, and pledged to “help people at all times.” Those words carry great weight and responsibility and inspire us with strength as we denounce institutional racism, violence, injustice, and inequity.
No girl, or any young person, should grow up in a world defined by racial inequities and trauma. No Black person should fear for their lives because of the color of their skin.
We know that words alone cannot take away the pain of institutional racism felt by generations of Black families who have navigated a world informed by white privilege. Words cannot erase society’s collective failure to truly value every human being.
These are our promises to you.
- We know we do not have all the answers, but we pledge our commitment to navigating this path with you as an ally and advocate for the Black members of our community.
- We will listen, learn, and leverage our resources to be antiracist
- We will inspire our girls to help make our world a better place as a more equitable, just world.
- We will not just talk, but we will take action.
Resources for Troop Leaders and Volunteers
Whether you're a parent/caregiver or Girl Scout troop leader, offering a safe space for your girl to talk about important issues is vital. Review these resources as you navigate discussions.
- Creating a Safe Place for Girls
- Communicating Effectively with Girls of Any Age
- When Sensitive Topics Come Up
- Volunteer Policies and Procedures (includes non-discrimination policy, whistleblower procedures, and more)
- Pages 13-14 cover emotional safety and mental health.
Girl Scouting is a partnership between girls, volunteers and families. To be responsive to girls’ needs and interests in challenging times where personal values and experiences may be part of a "safe space" conversation, we request that troop leaders seek permission from families first.
Ways to Take Action
As a girl-led organization we support our Girl Scouts' passion and desire to make a difference within their own communities. See below a living lists of resources for Girl Scout advocates.
- Girl Scouts of the USA Civic Engagment
- Girl Scouts of the USA Advocacy
- Girl Scouts GCNWI Building My Community
- Indiana Civil Rights Commission Equal Opportunity Patch Program Curriculum from Girl Scouts of Central Indiana [PDF]
- Earn the Racial Justice Patch from Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and YWCA [PDF]
- Help Your Kids Take Action Against Racism / Ayude a sus hijos a tomar medidas contra el racismo
Girl Scouts' Highest Awards
Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn. All three awards give girls the chance to do big things while supporting an issue they care about. Highest Award Girl Scouts are impacting the worlds of STEM, education, agriculture, medicine, and culture.
Ways to Learn
The following resources serve as a starting point for conversation and education.
Girl Scouts' Resources
- Girl Scouts of the USA Blog
- Raising Awesome Girls series
- 100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice
- Black Lives Matter and the Workplace
- How to Talk to Your Children About Protests and Racism - CNN
- Books about Racism and Social Justice for Grades K-12 - Common Sense Media
- Black Lives Matter books for kids - Chicago Public Library
- Black Lives Matter books for teens - Chicago Public Library
- Antiracist Books - Chicago Public Library
- Talking About Race from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. This online portal provides tools and resources on the topics of race, racial identity, and how they influence every aspect of society.
- Center for Racial Justice and Education
- @hereweread - diversity and inclusion books for children
- @theconsciouskid - diversity and inclusion parenting
- Helping Your Child Cope with Media Coverage of Community Racial Trauma and Civil Unrest
- Kimberle Crenshaw TedTalk on "intersectionalism"
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