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Community Engagement

Through targeted community outreach and partnerships with schools, community centers, and housing authorities, GSEMA works within communities that need additional support to deliver the full Girl Scout experience and programming. Our Community Engagement team identifies barriers to participation, provides individualized assistance, and creates community-specific solutions to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls who may not otherwise be introduced to Girl Scouts.

Communities We Support
  • All of Boston: Allston, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Downtown Boston, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, and West Roxbury

    Bradford, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere, Saugus, and Somerville

  • Along with these communities, the Community Engagement team supports additional under-resourced eastern Massachusetts cities/towns on an as-needed basis (such as Framingham, Waltham, and Brockton).

How to Volunteer

Troop Leader
Are you excited to work directly with Girl Scouts in a troop to discover new skills, make lifelong friends, and have fun changing the world? You will love being part of a troop’s leadership team! Troop leaders are provided with training, resources and ongoing support from dedicated council staff members. They set up the troop’s schedule, plan and facilitate regular troop meetings, and connect with the local Girl Scout community. Need more information before you say yes? Check out the New Leader’s Guide to Success and Troop Leader position description.

Friends and Family
The Girl Scout Friends and Family Network is a great way for caregivers to contribute in their own way! The Friends and Family Network can be utilized on an “as needed” basis. Whether it’s providing snacks or an extra set of hands at a meeting or during an activity, joining the Friends and Family Network is a great way for caregivers to get involved in Girl Scouting when they may not be able to attend each troop meeting. Varying interests and abilities are needed for a troop to be successful; use this worksheet at a meeting with families in your Girl Scout troop to identify where caregivers' personal interests might align with the troop’s needs. 

Episodic Volunteer
Are you looking for a way to support Girl Scouts but don’t have the time to commit to being a troop leader? Are you an expert in something you want to share with Girl Scouts? Are you interested in volunteering with Cultural Advocacy events? Episodic volunteers help to support our existing troops, service units, and GSEMA programs in one-time or short-term opportunities.  Email customercare@gsema.org for more information on becoming an episodic volunteer. 

Girl Scout Gold Award Advisor
Support Gold Award candidates and the Gold Award process set forth by Girl Scouts of USA (GSUSA) and GSEMA through direct support of individual girls’ projects and aspirations to earn the highest award in Girl Scouting. One-year commitment. Learn more.

GSEMA's Gold Award Committee is actively seeking new advisors. Complete our online application to apply today.

Start or Support a Community Troop

Start a Community Troop
Interested in bringing Girl Scouts to your school or local center? Contact us/contáctenos.

Support an Existing Community Troop
Interested in supporting the growth of Girl Scouts in your neighborhood? A donation to Girl Scouts ensures the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls of all backgrounds, and helps to empower themselves to become the change-makers of tomorrow. Donate today! Select "community program" as the designation.

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Cultural Advocacy Programs & Events

 

Lift Your Voice

Your voice matters - and collectively, we can stand up against racism and make the world a better place.  Through fun at-home activities and six virtual sessions connecting with other Girl Scouts, you will learn how you can make a difference. This program is facilitated in English. Register for the next session that begins on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

Su voz es importante y, colectivamente, podemos enfrentarnos al racismo y hacer del mundo un lugar mejor. A través de actividades divertidas en casa y seis sesiones virtuales conectadas con otras Girl Scouts, aprenderá cómo puede marcar la diferencia. Este programa se imparte en inglés. Regístrese para la próxima sesión que comienza el martes 11 de enero de 2022.


Multicultural Community Celebrations

We are stronger together! Through multicultural heritage patch program activities, Girl Scouts celebrate and learn about the cultural richness of the diverse communities that make up the United States. Girl Scouts are encouraged to complete the patch activities at their own pace, throughout the year.

During these months, GSEMA hosts an event for Girl Scouts to learn  together. Don't miss our next event on February 7, 2022 to celebrate Black History Month.

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Sept. 15–Oct. 15, 2021: Hispanic Heritage Month

The United States is home to about 60 million Latino and Hispanic people. That's a lot of culture (and people) to celebrate! You can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your family and friends by recognizing all the histories, cultures, and contributions that Hispanic and Latino people have made. Take this opportunity to learn more about the 21 Spanish-speaking countries and territories’ cultures honored during these four weeks. And with plenty of activities to choose from, the discovery and fun are endless. Get the Hispanic Heritage Month Patch!

download Fun Patch Activities (PDF)  Actividades en Español (PDF)

Nov. 1–30, 2021: Native American Heritage Month

The United States has 574 federally recognized Indian Nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities, and native villages).

You can celebrate Native American Heritage Month by recognizing with your family and friends the histories, cultures, and contributions of the Native American communities that were the first inhabitants in the United States. Take this opportunity to learn more about the cultures of the Indian Nations in your state and across the country. We’ve got plenty of activities to choose from, so you can make new discoveries and have tons of fun while earning your patch!

download Fun Patch Activities (PDF) Actividades en Español (PDF)

Feb. 1-March 1, 2022: Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and contributions of the African American and Black communities—a time (though not the only time!) for emphasizing the central role of this varied community throughout U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

We’ve got plenty of activities for you to choose from as you join the Black History Month celebration. You’ll discover and learn your way to earning a Fun patch! Get the Black History Month Patch!

download Fun Patch Activities (PDF)  Actividades en Español (PDF)


Coming Soon

May 2022: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Register for GSEMA's event on May 2, 2022

June 2022: LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Register for GSEMA's event on June 6, 2022


Exploradoras (serie bilingue/bilingual series)

¡Los invitamos a formar parte de las Girl Scout Exploradoras! Una serie nacional bilingüe para niñas en grados K-8 donde su niña participará junto a otras chicas de su edad mientras exploran y descubren sus intereses de manera divertida. Las niñas aprenderán nuevas habilidades y desarollarán valor y confianza en sí misma. Regístrese.

We invite you to join the Girl Scout Exploradoras, a national series of biligual online gatherings for girls in grades K-8! Your girl will participate alongside other girls her age as they explore and learn new skills in a fun way, and build courage and self-confidence. Register.


Girl Scouts Anti-Racism Patch Program

Girl Scouting prepares girls to be leaders in our world, to speak up, speak out, and take action for fairness, equality, and compassion for all people, and to arm them with the courage, confidence, and character they need to make the world a better place. The Anti-Racism patch represents the first Girl Scout My Values patch created by GSUSA to reflect the values of the Girl Scout Movement.

Download and complete the patch activities, then wear this patch to show the values you believe in. Patch may be purchased through the Girl Scout Shop.

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