Global Action Award for Girl Scout Seniors

Note to Volunteers

Girl Scout Global Action award activities are dynamic ways for Seniors to learn about the eight United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to end extreme poverty and address other critical world issues. By working on this award, Seniors 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. Requiring parental permission when dealing with teens and sensitive issues.
  5. 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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As a Senior Girl Scout, you have the chance to craft your own vision of the world. The Global Action award is an ideal way to learn about critical world issues and engage in activities that can have far-reaching effects to make the world a better place. Your work on the award is tied to that 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. Award activities offer a good way to learn about global leadership and the United Nations initiative.

In addition, as you engage in leadership journeys complement your experiences by earning the Girl Scouts Global Action award. For example, if you are excited by the idea of activity 1—climate change and food supply- or 2 – the '250 mile diet' (see below) you can connect what you learn to Sow What?, the Girl Scout Senior journey in the It's Your Planet – Love It! series. This journey is all about investigating food and its source—how it gets from earth to table, how that affects health, sustainability of the planet, and world hunger. If you are enjoying GIRLtopia, the Girl Scout Senior journey in the It's Your World - Change It! series, you can connect your pursuits to activity 4 (see below) which deals with creating a collage of different definitions of peace. This might be a good way to express your vision for GIRLtopia.

Global Action Award for Girl Scout Seniors

Girls complete one or more activity to receive the award

1. Do you know about the relationship between climate change and the world's food supply? Find out! For example, are more people hungry today because of climate change? Share your findings with other Girl Scouts or community members. (Millennium Development Goal: Ending poverty and hunger)

2. Take the "250 mile diet" challenge! Spend a week eating only food produced within 250 miles of your home. Find out where the food was produced. How does eating a local diet affect food choices? What if you lived in a different part of the world? Share you findings. (Millennium Development Goal: Ending hunger and poverty)

3. Explore "Title IX," the law passed in 1972 requiring gender equity for boys and girls in educational programs that receive federal funding. Research how this law has affected women and sports. Then arrange for a roundtable discussion where women of different generations share which sports/activities/teams were and were not available to girls in their elementary and high schools. Talk about how change was implemented and what you still think needs to be changed to make life equal for both genders. (Idea: salary differences) (Millennium Development Goal: Empowering girls)

4. Conduct a peace survey: ask 20 people for a definition of peace. Create a collage highlighting the results along with the dictionary definition. Discuss how understanding another person's definition of peace might avert conflict. Discuss and consider with other Seniors how your findings can help promote peace in a country with a current conflict. (Millennium Development Goal: Promoting peace through partnership)

5. Have you ever visited your local health department? Go there and look up facts about child health. Discuss with girls and adults projects that could improve child health in the community. For example, consider arranging school visits by doctors or other health professionals, a health fair, or a sporting event. Make a list of ideas and submit them to your local health department official. (Millennium Development Goal: Child mortality)

6. What do you know about adolescent/teen pregnancies? Visit a home for young mothers. Is there anything you can do to help girls balance motherhood and school? Make a list of ideas and investigate ways to help out. (Millennium Development Goal: Keeping mothers healthy)

7. Make a list of true and false statements on HIV and AIDS. Then educate others by running an activity for other Girl Scouts or students--have them guess which statements are true and which are false. Discuss together what you learned. (Millennium Development Goal: Preventing diseases)

8. For one week, monitor the amount of packaging that comes into your home. Record types of packaging and what materials they're made from. Make a sculpture out of the materials to show your group how much waste has been accumulated. How much of this packaging can be recycled? What can be done to reduce the amount of packaging? Discuss ways to improve the situation. (Millennium Development Goal: Saving the planet)

9. Do you know the literacy rate in your state? Go to: http://nces.ed.gov/naal/estimates/StateEstimates.aspx. The findings may surprise you. Then find a local literacy program, and volunteer to help someone who is learning to read or learning English. (Millennium Development Goal: Education opens doors)