Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has emphasized the importance of being civically engaged, by teaching and encouraging girls to create positive change in their communities through advocacy and action.

Girl Scouts and Civic Engagement

The Girl Scout Movement is made up of individuals who hold beliefs as varied as our nation itself.

And because all girls have a home at Girl Scouts, we encourage each and every one in our Movement to form her own ideas, opinions, beliefs, and political ideology.

At our core, Girl Scouts aims to inspire girls to be leaders in their own lives by building the courage, confidence, and character to raise their voices and be advocates for the issues and ideas important to them.

Girl Scouts use their determination to lead every day in the fight for a clean environment, racial and gender equality, safety issues, local concerns, and so much more.

And leadership is why the effect of Girl Scouts remains so long after a girl leaves her troop meetings behind and moves on in the world.

So, to celebrate more than a century of Girl Scout civic engagement, we’re launching the G.I.R.L. Agenda, a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action.

Get the tools you need to take civic action now.

Get ready. Get inspired. Take action!

  • Lead positive change in your community.
    Cassandra, a 17-year-old Ambassador, has been fighting to end child marriage in New Hampshire. 

  • Stand up against everyday injustices.
    A troop of Muslim Girl Scouts in California educates the community by holding an annual Open Mosque Day to combat Islamophobia.

  • Create and support petitions.
    Troop 30245’s petition helped pass a law banning tobacco use in its town parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields.

  • Participate in parades and marches.
    Girl Scouts placed flags at more than 5,000 grave sites at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery prior to marching in their local Memorial Day parade.

Women’s Suffrage Comes to Life in National Parks Program


Celebrate 100 years of women having the right to vote! This program inspires girls to learn about women’s history as they explore national parks across the country. PLUS, girls earn a limited-edition patch! 


Learn more about Girl Scouts’ powerful Legacy of Civic Action.