Girl Scouts make a difference every day in their communities.
Girl members work individually and collectively on projects they have identified as needs in their cities and towns. Below are just a few of the wonderful take action projects of Girl Scouts. Share your take action project!
“I wanted to prepare myself for the world beyond high school, to meet new friends, but most importantly, to help rebuild the houses of those affected by the hurricane. I believed that I could mainly help by putting in doors, painting, tiling, and doing whatever was needed for the house. I was wrong. The results of my labors were not just about the house, but about the owner. I now see that by showing we cared, we inspired hope in those who were affected by the disasters. I would go again, because this time I not only want to work hard rebuilding other houses, but to renew the faith and hope of others.”
--Member of the council’s Disaster Relief Team that travels each year to areas of the country affected by natural disasters.
Marion (Wayne County) Girl Scout Troop 434 chose to honor one of their own that had perished in a house fire because the home was not equipped with a smoke alarm. The girls collected donations of new alarms and donated them to the local fire department for distribution in the community. They named their project, The Danielle Borate Fire Alarm Project. They also created activity booklets for children to educate them about fire safety and the importance of an escape plan.
When the five Girl Scouts in Troop 76 from Whitesville heard about the March 11, 2011 earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, they were concerned. The girls recently represented Japan at a World Thinking Day celebration. As part of their study of traditional Japanese culture, they learned to fold paper cranes. The girls had learned that Japanese Girl Scouts folded and sent thousands of paper cranes to New York to show their goodwill and sympathy after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The crane, said to live for a thousand years, is symbolic of good luck, hope and world peace. Therefore the girls decided they wanted to help out and try to do the same for the Girl Scouts in Japan. The policy by Girl Scouts of the USA that prohibits Girl Scouts from raising money for other organizations has been temporarily suspended in order for Girl Scouts to support the relief efforts. This is why the girls decided that instead of trying to mail 1,000 paper cranes to Japan, they would fold a thousand cranes and sell them for $1 each and send a check, along with a picture of them with the cranes, to Japan.
One Elmira family may not have had much of a Christmas one year if it wasn’t for the help of four area Girl Scout troops. Girl Scout Daisy troop 26, Brownie troop 188, Junior troop 53 and Cadette troop 1409, decided to use the proceeds they earned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program to adopt a family. They presented the director of the Southside Community Center, with the gifts they bought for the family as well as a dinner for Christmas for the family, which included ham, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and more. “The girls learned the true meaning of Christmas and that other families, including this one, may have not had a Christmas without the help of others,” troop facilitator Carleen Hannan said.
Girl Scout Junior Troop 426 in Little Falls, NY donated to the servicemen and women overseas. The girls used their proceeds from the cookie program to make stockings for this holiday season that were made and shipped to the servicemen and women in Iraq with a goodie bag that included Girl Scout cookies, socks, and a box of blank cards so the soldiers could send them back home to their families.
According to lmk.org, a Girl Scout website launched by the Girl Scouts of U.S.A., Internet sexual predators tend to fall between the ages of 18 and 55, and their targets tend to be between the ages of 11 and 15. The site is devoted to educate girls so they can empower themselves and educate others on the reality of being a teen online and help adults understand the real issues that affect them every day,
That’s why the Girl Scouts in Baldwinsville sponsored ‘Protect Your Teenager From The Dangers of Today’s Technology’ for girls 13 and older, and their parents.
When we were working on a Girl Scout Journey, the Take Action project one Girl Scout Junior Troop in Newfield decided on was to put "Remember this comes from trees" stickers on paper towel dispensers and copiers at the school. They researched the stickers and researched about paper towel usage, etc. They worked on a presentation and presented it to the Go Green Committee (some staff and teachers) at the school.