"Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding can be the magic thread which links the youth of the world together." — Juliette Gordon Low
It’s a big world, and what better way to experience it than on a global scale?
Whether exploring global issues through a Girl Scout Journey or badge, earning their Global Action Award, or traveling with a Girl Scout Destination, Girl Scouts can engage globally at every program level.
Find your place in the world and make a real difference!
As part of the Global Action Team, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors become advocates for important issues that impact people across the world. The program focuses on three main themes:
At this annual event, the Global Action Team helps Cadette Girl Scouts learn global action through advocacy, making global connections, and preparing to lead large projects in their communities. Many past summit participants have gone on to become Global Action Team members, and some turn their knowledge from the Global Action Summit into Highest Awards projects.
In 2015, leaders around the world agreed to work together to accomplish 17 goals by 2030—these are referred to as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or global goals for short). They focus on things like taking care of the environment, making sure all people have enough to eat, and improving people’s health. They are big goals, but Girl Scouts know a thing or two about changing the world! The Girl Scout Global Action award calls for addressing the global goals by discovering, connecting, and taking action in your communities.
If the global goals are new to you, start by teaming up with an adult to learn about the SDGs online. You can also download and read this short booklet, The World We Want: A Guide to the Goals for Children and Young People. Once you’re familiar with the goals, you’re ready to move on to earning your Girl Scout Global Action Award.
This year, the Girl Scout Global Action award is focused on SDG 3: Health and Well-Being and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Every Girl Scout must complete five steps in order to earn their Global Action award.
Every year on February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and member organizations, including GSUSA, have celebrated World Thinking Day since 1926.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) operates five World Centres that offer training programs, activities, and lodging for Girl Scouts and leaders, as well as members of some other groups and independent travelers. Activities are primarily focused on international friendship and cooperation, personal development and leadership training, enjoyment, and service. The Friends of WAGGS World Centres organization supports and promotes the centres. We are fortunate to have several Friends of WAGGGS World Centres in our council who are available to speak at events.