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Girl Scout Global Action award activities are dynamic ways for Juniors to learn about the eight United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to end extreme poverty and address other critical world issues. By working on this award, Juniors 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.
Girl Scout Juniors are eager to learn about the power of one and team to create change. The Global Action award brings Juniors into contact with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), a worldwide movement, comprised of 10 million girls throughout 146 countries, all working together to build a better world. By earning the award, Juniors can better see themselves as the powerful leaders they are encouraged to be in the Agent of Change journey, part of the It's Your World-Change It! series. They'll discover the leadership power within themselves, by team effort, and by being part of a community. Juniors will learn how to define their own values about local and world issues,
particularly extreme poverty.
Juniors engaged in the leadership journeys can complement their experiences by earning the Girl Scouts Global Action award. Through award activities (see below) girls have additional opportunities to think of themselves as the powerful leaders they are encouraged to be in Agent of Change in the It's Your World-Change It! series. For example, Activity 9 (see below) can get girls thinking about energy use, a focus of Get Moving!, the Junior journey in the It's Your Planet – Love It! series.
Girls complete one or more activity to receive the award
1. Have you ever thought about how much food equals 800 calories a day? This amount is the minimum number of calories an adult can eat and survive. As a team, put together a creative display of foods and how much of them make up 800 calories. Find out which areas of the world have the highest malnutrition rates. Afterward discuss what it would be like to live on that much food every day. (Millennium Development Goal: Ending hunger and poverty)
2. Meet with a farmer at a local farm or a farmer's market. Find out what they produce, how they produce it, and where they sell it. Talk about what it would be like to be a "locavore," (a person who only eats foods grown or produced locally). In your discussion, think about people around the globe who have no other choice but to be locavores. What are the pros and cons? (Millennium Development Goal: Ending hunger and poverty)
3. Here's a chance to play reporter! Interview a teacher or school principal about why it's important for all children, including girls, to go to school. Share what you learned with other Girl Scouts, family members, neighbors, or friends. (Millennium Development Goal: Education opens doors)'
4. Celebrate another culture by learning the words of a Girl Scout song in a language other than English. Sing it with other Girl Scouts at a special performance for family members. (Millennium Development Goal: Promoting peace through partnership)
5. Do you take good care of yourself? List all the ways you try to stay healthy (e.g., washing your hands, exercising, eating healthy foods, brushing your teeth, getting a good night's sleep.) Discuss what might happen to your body if you did not follow these simple day-to-day things. List other things you could try to stay healthy. (Millennium Development Goal: Preventing diseases)
6. Think about your mom (or a woman close to you) and what she means to you. Write a poem celebrating her. Share it with your Junior friends. Then discuss why it's important to keep moms healthy. How does your mom stay healthy? Interview her to find out ways she stays healthy. (Millennium Development Goal: Keeping mothers healthy)
7. Be an investigator. Find out about one of the following actions to help young children survive: immunizations, hand washing, or mosquito nets. Express what you learned by making a mock-TV or poster advertisement to promote the action and show it to other Girl Scouts. (Millennium Development Goal: Helping children survive)
8. What does sisterhood mean? Have a "secret sister" celebration where each girl draws a name and then makes something special for her secret sister. (Millennium Development Goal: Empowering girls)
9. Have you ever thought about the energy use in your home? What about your family's recycling efforts? Make a list, recording your family's use of energy and recycling. Show your family your findings and try to make improvements over the following two weeks. For example, you can lower the thermostat by a degree or two, add cardboard packaging to your recycling efforts, unplug appliances while not in use, etc. Visit www.earthday.net/footprint/flash.html to measure your carbon footprint. Write down your achievements and share with your group. (Millennium Development Goal: Saving the planet)
10. Help a younger child in a subject you are good at for at least a month. Arrange at school to help a younger kid with reading or math. Or teach a younger sibling or neighbor how to ride a bike or catch a baseball. (Millennium Development Goal: Education opens all doors)