What is Take Action?
Girls will create and carrying out a Take Action project with every
Journey that they complete. Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards
are all Take Action projects.
Overview of Take Action
Take Action is designed to elevate traditional Girl
Scout community service projects from meeting an immediate need to
advocacy projects that make change happen. Girls identify a cause they
feel passionate about, and with advocacy and action, make a change.
Some community service projects address an immediate
need in the community: girls organize a book or clothing drive, paint
walls to cover up graffiti, or hold a one-time march or fair to
highlight a community problem. Although these projects address a need
in the community, they do so for only a short period of time.
A Take Action
project picks up from where a short-term project leaves off. For
example, the girls organizing the book or clothing drive could make
their project a Take Action project by holding the drive annually and
getting a sponsor to advertise and organize it every year. The girls
who painted the walls to cover up graffiti can create a club that
travels around the city painting beautiful murals on buildings that
have been defaced. And the girls who held the march or fair could
expand the event to include community artisans and make it an annual
gathering. For each project, girls can publicize and get people in the
community to come out and support. They can even get community leaders
When girls pursue Take Action projects, they take time
to identify and understand the root cause of the issue they are
addressing. Girls also must make sure that each project is sustainable
and that the impact is measurable. Because these two words are nebulous
and difficult to define, take the time to define each with
The success of the project can be determine based on the number of
people the project helped, the number of people who were involved, any
reduction in the community’s need, and other concrete numbers.
Girls must make arrangements (such as collaborating with community
leaders and/or organizations; building alliances with mentors) to
ensure that the project creates lasting change and is not a one-time
encourages girls to think bigger and to address problems in such a way
that they do not reoccur. And, perhaps most important, a girl’s Take
Action project changes the world in a meaningful way.
Girls can identify community needs.
In order for girls to start working on their award projects, they must
first find out what the community is in need of. Girls also learn how
to identify the root cause of the issue they choose to address.
Girls are resourceful problem solvers.
Undoubtedly, there will be roadblocks along the way, which means that
girls will need to come up with creative ways to solve the problems
Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally.
As they learn about the issues in their communities and work to solve
them, girls stand up for issues they believe in, influence policy, and
identify ways to continue their project goals into the future.
Girls educate and inspire others to act.
By spreading the word about their experiences, girls educate others
about issues that are important to the community and inspire others to
act. This approach cannot help but have a positive effect on their
Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world.
Girls develop leadership skills and use the knowledge they gain
through their experiences to improve their community…and the world!
Below are the seven steps to a successful Take Action Project:
- Map It: Investigate community needs and problem causes
- Plan it: Prepare a Take Action plan
- Do it: Act “with” the community
- Think About I: Reflect on the project’s impact
- Advocate it: Demonstrate the importance of the issue to others
- Be Proud of It: Celebrate the accomplishments
- Keep It Going: Think about how the project could be sustained
Need some Take Action Ideas? Take Action Guides (borrowed from GS River Valley Council)
River Valleys’ work to simplify the troop planning process is ongoing. As we continue to develop activity plans
and Take Action projects, please use the below samples and reformat
based on your girls’ interests and ideas. The samples are designed to be
completed over multiple meetings.
Take Action projects are designed to get girls motivated and excited to make an impact in the world.