“Don’t be mean to other people.”
That was what a 5 year-old Daisy Girl Scout asked of more than 100 people gathered at a recent Town Hall to brainstorm ways for Girl Scouts to respond to the challenging, often scary events happening in their communities. That Town Hall took place because Girl Scouts of Western Washington is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We’re actively looking for ways to empower every girl—girls of every race, ethnicity, income, gender identity, ability, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic location—to make the world a better place.
Regardless of where they were born, each and every one of our girls and volunteers is important to us. Refugees and immigrants, regardless of documentation status, are equally human, equally precious, equally Girl Scouts. So are their families.
And we’re hearing from girls that they’re scared. Girls are talking to their troop leaders about their fears that they will have to leave the U.S.—their home and where many of them were born. These conversations are part of their lives, part of their Girl Scout experience. In response, Girl Scouts are doing activities to support each other, from writing poems to sharing their dreams for the future. Many are talking about how they rely on their sister Girl Scouts. We’re glad to offer a place for girls to talk about what they’re seeing and hearing in their communities, and brainstorm how they want to respond. But girls shouldn’t have to live wit...