Community Service Projects
In Girl Scouts we do a lot of projects that help our local communities, our cities, our counties, our state, even our nation, and our world. Some of these projects are considered community service while others are considered Take Action projects, and yet even more seem to fall into both categories at the same time. As a leader, a volunteer, or even a girl—how do you tell the two apart?
Take Action idea: Daisies doing the 3 Cheers for Animals program could make these orange-and-cranberry feeders, which will attract birds such as orioles, woodpeckers, finches, thrashers, mockingbirds and tanagers. They could donate them to neighbors or a park, library, school, senior center, etc. To make it sustainable: The Daisies could pass on what they've learned by doing a presentation in school, making a video with grownup help, or helping other kids make their own feeder.
Great example of what Take Action looks like! This mother took what could have been a community service project (make a care package for the homeless) and turned it into what Girl Scouts call a Take Action project. She did that by passing on what she knows to educate and inspire others -- through the blog post, the free printables, the resource list, etc. That's what makes this sustainable! So inspiring.
Take Action thought starter for Seniors doing the Girltopia program, which is all about making a better world for girls. If they see a need for younger girls to learn how to canoe and care for local rivers, they could create an event like this. Make it sustainable, they could write a booklet about how others could replicate the event, then distribute it through local outdoor stores, conservation groups and online. They could also create a canoeing club and train other teens to run the event.
Wow! Check out this article about some of the projects submitted for the first Peace First Prize, open to young people between 8 and 22. These are inspiring examples of Take Action projects! Special shout out to Caitlin Chapski, 18, from New Jersey, who was included because of her Gold Award project.
Last week I helped Penelope’s Brownie Troop work on a service project that turned out so darn cute! The girls made Police Officer Appreciation Bags for all the police officers in their community and then dropped them off at our local police station after their Brownie meeting. Three officers even came out to thank the …