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Global Action Days

Throughout the year, Girl Scouts observe international days of action that celebrate women and girls, and address the different challenges we all face around the world. By earning the Global Action Days Patch, you celebrate the achievements of women and girls, and learn about the issues that exist and how they can help.

2019-2020 THEME: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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To help you earn your patch, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri will be sharing ideas and Community Partner events that connect with three of the Global Action Days listed below.

The qualifying Global Action Days are:

Please note that some Global Action Day discussions may contain sensitive issues relating to religious beliefs, cultural standards, and family values. Your troop and Girl Scout should approach these topics in the way your families see fit. The toolkit includes a sensitive issues form, in case your troop is interested in tackling big issues with older girls.

You'll know girls have earned this patch when they know more about the issues facing our world and what they can do to make the world a better place. Girls earn the Global Action Days patch by celebrating three of the Global Action Days during the year by completing at least one activity from the toolkit for each day. Please note: World Thinking Day has its own award and cannot be used to earn the Global Action Days patch.

Receiving your patch: After you have participated in at least 3 Global Action Days complete the online form by June 15, 2020. The first 1,000 girls will receive the Global Action Days patch and it's free of charge! After submission, you will be notified when patches are mailed out or available for pick-up. If you are with another Council, GSUSA will mail you your free patch. Please note, patches cannot be mailed until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and both GSKSMO and GSUSA staff are able to return to work in their offices Tip: Use the chart on page 11 in the toolkit to track your progress.

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Questions: Email customercare@gsksmo.org or call 816-759-3025.

Oct 11: International Day of the Girl

On International Day of the Girl (IDG) the global community comes together to celebrate the power of girls and highlight, discuss, and take action to advance the rights of and opportunities for girls everywhere.

WHY WE CELEBRATE: We know that each girl has the power to exercise her G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ potential. By supporting and investing in girls, we can make the world a better place. Girl Scouts also participates in the 11 Days of Action, starting on October 1, in advance of International Day of the Girl.

Community Partner You Schedule It Related Activities:

Brown vs. Board of Education  |  Ten Thousand Villages Overland Park

Or, celebrate on your own! See pages 26-28 of the Toolkit.

March 8: International Women’s Day

Started by suffragists in the early 1900s, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

WHY WE CELEBRATE: We celebrate to honor the many roles that women and girls play and to highlight opportunities and challenges in achieving gender equality. In the United States, March is also Women’s History Month, which makes this an excellent opportunity to examine the impact of women on society.

Community Partner You Schedule It Related Activities:
Ten Thousand Villages Overland Park

Or, celebrate on your own! See pages 14-16 of the Toolkit.

April 17-19: Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. Started in 1988, GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make all year long. 

WHY WE CELEBRATE: Girl Scouts make the world a better place every day by taking action on issues they care about and dedicating many hours of service to their communities. On Global Youth Service Day, we celebrate their achievements and recognize the contributions that youth make around the world.

Civic Engagement & Community Service Partners

Youth Service America –Global Youth Service Day ToolkitIncludes age-appropriate activities for Daisies-Ambassadors.

Global Youth Service Day At Home Resources

Or, celebrate on your own! See pages 17-18 and 37 of the Toolkit.

April 23: Girls in Info & Communication Technology Day

International Girls in Information & Communication Technology Day Day aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

WHY WE CELEBRATE: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) drive growth and innovation worldwide, infiltrating all aspects of our lives—for instance, are you reading this on a phone, tablet, or computer right now? Girls who learn app development and computer coding are not only well positioned for a successful career, but prepared to make the world a better place through technology.

Community Partner Related Virtual Activities:

Girl Scouts At Home Badge Connections: 

GSUSA has a number of ideas for how to celebrate and most can easily be done at home. As you complete the activity think about the important role ICT is playing in our world right now. See pages 21-23 of the Toolkit.

April 24-May 1: Global Action Week for Education

Global Action Week for Education raises awareness of the importance of education for achieving sustainability and of the commitments made by all participants to reach the global education goal by 2030.

WHY WE CELEBRATE: When a girl receives an education, it changes her life; and that change has a ripple effect on her family, her community, her country, and her world. Education is the most important tool we have to make the world a better place. We celebrate Global Action Week for Education so that all  children, regardless of gender, income, or geography, have access to this vital resource.

GSUSA has a number of ideas for how to celebrate and most can easily be done at home. See pages 19-20 of the Toolkit.

There are also ideas and resources on our Pinterest page.