Q. How does GSFG help girls become leaders who take action for the planet?
A. Journeys are the core for leadership development, badges for skill development, and GSFG for global environmental impact.
As with all Girl Scout activities, Girl Scouts Forever Green gives girls the opportunity to develop leadership skills they can use now and throughout their lives. GSFG projects and goals are also well aligned with the It's Your Planet—Love It! leadership journey series. In addition to creating positive environmental impact, girls will also climb the GSUSA leadership ladder and earn their way to a journey's prestigious awards.
When girls do a project like GSFG as part of their Leadership Journey experience, they make progress toward the achievement of specific leadership outcomes tied to journey activities. These activities help them Discover themselves and their values, Connect with others locally and globally, and Take Action to make the world a better place. And, certain outcomes are developed more fully when girls do a Take Action project inspired by their participation in Girl Scouts Forever Green!
Girls can keep the change spurred by their GSFG project going by creating sustainable and long-lasting solutions for reducing plastic waste, increasing energy efficiency, or saving water—or even better, all three! The opportunities here are endless. For example, when girls develop a Take Action plan to create a permanent community rain garden and monitor the ongoing positive environmental change as well as effects on the community, they have become resourceful problem solvers. Or, girls can create ways to educate and inspire others to sustain Earth Hour's energy-reduction efforts on a regular basis—then the collective change moves from symbolic to effective. Girls can also choose to advocate locally and globally for the use of reusable bags and bottles. Through public speaking opportunities, posters, e-mail campaigns, and other efforts, they can keep the reduction of plastic waste going well beyond a month's time.