What’s the difference between a Take Action Projects and Community Service?
Community Service helps out right now. It is a short-term solution to the problem. Examples include:
Food and clothing drives
Garbage clean-up days
Take Action Projects are sustainable and address a root cause. That means, they work that gets done, won’t just solve the issue today, but tomorrow, and next month, and next year, and maybe even next decade. Examples include:
Advocating for a healthier lunch options at school and asking local farmers to regularly donate to the cafeteria
Learning ways to save water and energy and hosting and Earth Day Fair in your community
Examples of awards that require community service:
Community Service Bar (Available at the Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Levels)
Service to Girl Scouts Bar (Available at the Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Levels)
Examples of awards that require Take Action Projects:
Journey Take Action Awards
Girl Scout Bronze Award
Girl Scout Silver Award
Girl Scout Gold Award
If you are looking for more ideas, I would recommend asking your leader friends, but also checking out Girls Changing the World Map on GSUSA website. Troops submit a project they’ve done and you can read about it. Or submit your own.
Use our Take Action Project Conversation Plan to help your girls design a Take Action Project. It will help you make sure that their ideas strengthen and dig deep to find the root cause, and make a plan that provides lasting change.