The Girl Scouts Global Action award, developed in partnership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), is an exciting and enriching way for Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors to participate in realizing the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which aim to reduce extreme poverty and impact major world concerns by 2015.
The alliance between WAGGGS and the United Nations’ MDGs embraces WAGGGS’ mission of empowering girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as engaged and responsible global citizens. Around the world there are 145 WAGGGS member organizations, of which GSUSA is one, serving girls and young women in wide-ranging “Scouting” endeavors.
The eight United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals are:
- Ending hunger and poverty
- Education opens doors
- Empowering girls
- Helping children survive
- Keeping mothers healthy
- Preventing diseases
- Saving the planet
- Promoting peace through partnership
By earning the Global Action award, girls can learn, in a fun and educational way, about serious global issues affecting girls, young women, and their communities. Each Girl Scout who completes activities will join in WAGGGS’ international movement of 10 million girls who together are sowing the seeds of social change. The Global Action award offers girls an opportunity to advocate for themselves and others, both locally and globally—one of the five national Take Action outcomes detailed in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
The Global Action award is designed to complement GSUSA’s national leadership journeys and reinforces the same leadership goals of: discovering oneself and one’s values; connecting via teamwork with other members and by reaching out to the local and global communities; and taking action to improve the world.
The Girl Scouts Global Action Award is an official award badge and it is worn on the front of the official uniform sash or vest along with other earned award badges.