Diversity & Inclusion
GSNWGL and GSUSA have a policy of inclusion which promotes diversity in all its categories. Diversity has been a core value of the organization since its founding in 1912. GSUSA and GSNWGL provide settings that enable us to serve girls in an emotionally and physically safe environment, allowing them to learn leadership skills and develop the confidence and character to serve as examples to their community. We are an organization that promotes tolerance and respect with and for our members and volunteers regardless of their race, religion, age, culture, sexual orientation, identity, or socioeconomic background.
It is a priority for GSNWGL to provide programming and support to members with special needs. This can include anything from cognitive, social, and emotional disabilities, to language barriers for our Hmong and Hispanic members.
GSNWGL has partnered with the National Inclusion Project to implement Let’s ALL Play—Inclusion in Recreational Programs. As part of this partnership, the National Inclusion Project has awarded GSNWGL a $10,000 grant. Through this initiative, GSNWGL can bring inclusion programming another step forward and provide training and resources to GSNWGL’s inclusion staff, who in turn will educate volunteers and girls about disabilities and how to ensure that each girl is included in Girl Scout activities. Learn more about the National Inclusion Project at www.inclusionproject.org.
Bullying is not tolerated in Girl Scouts. It takes our entire Girl Scout community to create an inviting atmosphere where everyone feels they belong and are safe. Working together, Girl Scout volunteers, staff, camp counselors, and girls can help stop bullying at all of our camps, events, troop meetings, and wherever else our Girl Scouts are.
In 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA started the BFF: Be a Friend First program, to help stop bullying for good. More information on the BFF program can be found at forgirls.girlscouts.org/bff/.