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Girl Scouts Global Action award activities are fun, educational ways for Daisies to learn about the eight United Nations' Millennium Development Goals to fight poverty and other important world issues. By working on this award, Daisies are joining a worldwide effort to address issues that affect girls and women around the world.
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The Global Action Award is now an OFFICIAL Award and therefore it may be worn on the front of the Official Uniform sash or vest. To earn the award, girls complete one or more activities below.
The Global Action award is designed to teach Daisies about critical world issues and how they can make a difference. At this beginning grade level, young girls learn for the first time to recite the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law. To work toward the Global Action award gives these budding female leaders the chance to really embrace key Girl Scout values, such as the Promise "To help people at all times" and the Law "To make the world a better place." Daisies will learn that, even at a young age, they have their own voices on the world stage.
Each Global Action award activity for Daisies relates to one of the MDGs, aimed at fighting extreme poverty and other worldwide concerns by 2015:
Daisies who are engaged in the leadership journeys can complement their experience by earning the Global Action award. For instance, if Daisies are enjoying Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden from the It's Your World - Change It! series, they might like activity number 10 (see below), which supports Millennium Development Goal 1 of ending hunger and poverty. This activity lets girls connect their actions with global efforts. This community project can serve as good preparation for girls planting their own mini-gardens, one of the activities in Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden. As girls complete activity number 10, below, ask: What's different about growing food versus buying it at a grocery store? What can you make with garden-grown foods? If possible, visit a local farm and pick produce for everyone to enjoy. Encourage girls to try a vegetable or fruit they've never tasted.
Both of these activities show Daisies how they can make a difference in the world. In Global Action award activity number 8 (see below) inventing a game or toy out of natural materials is a hands-on way for girls to connect to the natural environment, as emphasized in Between Earth and Sky the journey from the It's Your Planet - Love It! series. This Global Action award activity also serves as a way to teach Daisies about cultural differences and how people live worldwide.
Girls complete one or more activity to receive the award
1. Think of a time when you were very hungry. How did it make you feel? Perhaps tired or cranky? How did you feel once you ate and were no longer hungry? What do you think are reasons why some people around the world don't have enough to eat? (Millennium Development Goal: Ending hunger and poverty)
2. Take photos or draw a picture of your school. You may choose to draw certain places you like best: your classroom, the cafeteria, the playground, etc. At the library or online (with adult help and supervision), search for pictures of schools that exist in other countries. How are faraway schools different from your own? What are some of the things you have at your school that other children may not have? (Millennium Development Goal: Education opens doors)
3. Have someone trace your head and then your hands on a big piece of paper. Cut them out. On the drawing of your head, write down a few ways you can help others. (Comfort a sad friend, be a good listener in class, etc.) Then on the hand cut-outs, write how you can help others with your hands. (Take care of a pet, put recyclables in correct containers, set the dinner table at home, etc). Display your cutouts in your meeting place. (Millennium Development Goal: Empowering girls)
4. Play a fun game of Mosquito Tag! The lesson involved in playing this game is to teach Daisies about illnesses and diseases such as malaria. Players pretend they are mosquitoes and try to "bite" other players by touching them. Some players have beads in their hands. The beads act like mosquito nets and if girls are bitten, they can still stay in the game. Players without beads must leave the game. Beads are secretly passed from player to player. The game ends when only players with beads remain. Afterward, inform Daisies about efforts to fight malaria, how different organizations such as the United Nations are working to reduce malaria in poor countries. Also, talk about how this game does not rely on man-made materials and how kids in impoverished countries have to rely more on made-up rather than manufactured games. (Millennium Development Goal: Helping children survive)
5. Think of five nice or helpful things you can do for your mother or a mother you know. Ideas: pick flowers and make a special bouquet, do something extra helpful: put away groceries, make your bed, etc. Afterward share with your group by acting it out. (Millennium Development Goal: Keeping mothers healthy)
6. Frequent hand washing keeps people healthy. Talk to your Daisy friends about the best ways to wash your hands and why it keeps people healthy. Make a poster to hang in your meeting area that lists hand-washing tips: Wet hands with running water. Apply soap. Lather well. Rub hands for 20 seconds (Sing the Birthday song.) Dry with a clean towel or air dry. (Millennium Development Goal: Preventing diseases)
7. Can you think of the many things in our lives that run on electricity? Make a list with your Daisy friends. Then go home and spend an hour without electricity—no TV, no lights, or other plug-ins. How did it feel? What did you miss most? Make a picture of what it was like and share with other Daisies. (Millennium Development Goal: Saving the planet)
8. Around the world, especially in poor countries, many children do not have store-bought toys. But they still have fun by making their own things to play with. Invent a game or make a toy out of natural materials such as sticks. Try out your game/toy with your friends. (Millennium Development Goal: Saving the planet)
9. Find out about the lives of children in another country. Get books on the subject at the library. (One good book is Children Just Like Me, by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley published in association with UNICEF/The United Nations Children Fund. This book profiles children living in places as diverse as New York, Mongolia, and the Amazon Basin.) Draw a picture or make up a song about a girl in another country. Share with your friends or family. (Millennium Development Goal: Promoting peace through partnership).
10. Visit a local garden and offer to help weed, plant, or cleanup. How does food from a garden keep people from being hungry? (Millennium Development Goal: Ending hunger and poverty)