Community service has long been a core value of Girl Scouts and a cornerstone in its leadership development program for girls. It reflects the Girl Scout Promise “to help people at all times” and “make the world a better place.” In fact, community service represents one of the three keys (Discover – Connect – Take Action) to leadership in the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience – Take Action!
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline has a rich tradition of addressing community needs and empowering girls to make a difference. From council-wide community service projects to service unit, troop or individual projects, Girl Scouts are taking action to improve their communities.
Girls can choose projects that reflect their own interests and work as individuals or as a group. Adult volunteers coach girls on identifying local needs they care about while guiding the girls on reflecting what they are learning. Community service projects must adhere to all Safety-Wise standards.
But don’t be limited by these — there are many opportunities for community service. There are many places to look!
Look around your school. What needs to happen? Perhaps a recycling program, planting flower beds, helping in the library – and more! Just ask — there will be many opportunities to help make your school a better place for all.
How about your neighborhood? Is there graffiti that needs to be painted over, trash that needs collecting or weeds that need pulling?
The possibilities are endless!
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