Global Action Award for Girl Scout Brownies

Note to Volunteers

Nations' Millennium Development Goals to end extreme poverty and address other critical world issues. By working on this award Brownies are joining a worldwide effort to address issues that affect girls and women around the world.

As a volunteer, you'll help girls enjoy the activities by:

  1. Discussing the Millennium Development Goal related to the chosen activity.
  2. Allotting enough time to answer questions or concerns before and after the activity.
  3. Emphasizing how Girl Scouts are part of the 10-million strong World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) across 146 countries, all working together to achieve the same important goals.
  4. Celebrating each achievement as girls earn the award.

The Global Action Award is now an OFFICIAL Award and therefore it may be worn on the front of the Official Uniform sash or vest. To earn the award, girls complete one or more activities below.

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What makes the Global Action Award exciting at this grade level is that Brownies are put in direct contact with leadership opportunities, both locally and globally. They learn how they are part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), a worldwide movement, comprised of 10 million girls throughout 146 countries, all working together to build a better world. By working on the Global Action award not only will Brownies feel more connected to their WAGGGS' sisterhood, they'll be able to search for Girl Scout keys to leadership, the important concepts of discovering, connecting, and taking action," tied to theBrownie Quest journey in the It's Your World-Change It! series. Brownies will see how leadership skills play an important role in fighting hunger, extreme poverty, and other serious global problems.

Each Global Action award activity for Brownies relates to one of these MDGs, aimed at fighting extreme poverty and other worldwide concerns by 2015:

  1. Ending hunger and poverty
  2. Education opens doors
  3. Empowering girls
  4. Helping children survive
  5. Keeping mothers healthy
  6. Preventing diseases
  7. Saving the planet
  8. Promoting peace through partnership

Brownies engaged in one of the leadership journeys can complement their experience by earning the Girl Scouts Global Action award. For example, activity 7 (see below) is a fun way for girls to learn about the importance of clean drinking water around the globe – a central message in WOW! Wonders of Water in theIt's Your Planet – Love It! series. Or as girls pursue the Brownie Quest from the It's Your World - Change It! leadership journey series, they can team up and start to take action against poverty and hunger with suggestions from activities 9 and 10 (see below).

Global Action Award for Girl Scout Brownies

Girls complete one or more activity to receive the award

1. Go take a hike! Or a walk in a forest or park. Take along a camera or sketch pad and colored pencils. When done, choose five things you enjoyed such as the scent of plants or flowers, the sight of wildlife, or the feeling of clean air. Share your experience with your group. (Millennium Development Goal: Saving the planet)

2. Interview your mom. Sit down together and ask her or another mother you know what it's like being a mother. Ask what she likes about being a mother. Ask about the challenges or things she dislikes. Ask how she takes care of herself while taking care of others. Make a booklet illustrating what you learned. Share with your group and then give to your mom (or the other woman) as a gift. Write a personalized note thanking your mom for all she does! (Millennium Development Goal: Keeping mothers healthy)

3. Imagine what it would be like to live someplace without television, a computer, or electronic toys. Spend an entire day without using them. Tell your Brownie friends what you did instead. How can taking a break from these activities create peace? For example, perhaps you helped your mother around the house, or took a walk in the neighborhood. Talk about how these "old-fashioned" activities can put people in touch with others. How can face-to-face contact increase awareness and understanding? (Millennium Development Goal: Promoting peace through partnerships)

4. What if, as girls, you could not go to school? What would your life be like? What would you do with your time? How would you learn? Share your ideas with other Brownies. (Millennium Development Goal: Empowering girls)

5. Read a story about hunger and poverty in the world. Then, come up with a slogan to make people aware of these issues. Make decorative buttons or stickers with these slogans. (Millennium Development Goal: Ending hunger and poverty)

6. Draw a picture or take photos of your school and classroom. List the things you enjoy most about school. Then, with the help of books, pictures, or even a movie, find out what school is like for girls in another part of the world. Idea: Read the youth edition of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver. (Millennium Development Goal: Education opens doors)

7. Did you know, in some parts of the world, children get sick because they don't have clean drinking water? Find out where your drinking water comes from. Then, with your Brownie friends, try this nifty experiment with a grown-up. First, mix up a bowl of dirty water by adding cooking oil, soil, and small pieces of paper. Then, with help, cut a plastic bottle in half. Turn the top half upside down so it's like a funnel. Build a filter in the funnel trying different materials: gravel, sand, and cotton balls. Pour the dirty water through the bottle, experimenting with different layers of filter material to see which filters the water best. (Don't drink the filtered water.) Share your findings with others. (Millennium Development Goal: Helping children survive)

8. Clean hands are important for preventing diseases and staying healthy. With other Brownies, go over the best ways to wash hands. You can research this online, with an adult's help. Then comes the fun part: make your own soap. Here's a link to a craft site with easy soap-making instructions. Share bars with your family or donate them to a charity. (Millennium Development Goal: Preventing diseases)

9. Organize a special service project for your school. First, have a meeting and decide what your school might need and appreciate the most. Consider planting trees, painting, cleaning up the playground, creating themed "art" to brighten up the cafeteria (such as illustrated healthy eating tips). If you are not sure what to do, ask your school principal or another school leader. (Millennium Development Goal: Education opens doors)

10. What are some reasons why people in your area may not have enough to eat? Have a group discussion. Then visit a local food bank. Meet with the director to learn how hunger and poverty affects your community. Find out what items the food bank needs. Then hold a community food drive. (Millennium Development Goal: Ending hunger and poverty)