Girl Scouts Speak Out! Bullying Theme Tip Sheet
The Girl Scouts Speak Out! PSA contest is a great way for girls taking any of the three National Leadership Journeys to make their voices heard while connecting in a meaningful way to their Journey theme.
February 2013 – May 2013
Bullying causes girls to feel afraid and alone. And it’s all too common. More than half of students say that they witness bullying at least once a day at school. When a girl is bullied, 85 percent of the time nobody steps in to help her. But there’s good news, too. When girls speak up, bullying often stops in seconds.
Girl Scouts of all ages can make public-service announcement that tell the world: We can end bullying as we know it! Here are some examples of how the Girl Scouts Speak Out! “Friendship First” theme could enhance girls’ Journey experiences:
Daisies on any of the three Journeys meet the Flower Friends and learn that they can make the world a better place by living the values of the Girl Scout Law. They could answer the question, “If everyone followed the Girl Scout Law, how could that help stop bullying?”
Brownies on A World of Girls look for stories all around them and clues to help change the world of girls for the better. They could answer the question, “How will you help change the story for girls when it comes to bullying?”
Juniors on aMUSE or Agent of Change learn about the roles they can play now at home and at school, and the roles they might play in the future to help make the world a better place. One of the roles they play right now is “friend.” They could make a PSA that describes how they can become better friends and help end bullying!
Cadettes taking the aMAZE! Journey in their troop or through BFF (Be a Friend First) are already tackling bullying head-on. They can put everything they are learning about how to become a better friend to work and share what they’ve learned with others. They could make a PSA that tells others: “We can end bullying for good, if we start today!”
Girl Scouts Speak Out! is also a great way for Cadettes to earn a step of their Digital Movie Maker badge, no matter what Journey they’re on!
Seniors on GIRLtopia earn their Visionary Award by completing three steps. The first two ask them to create an artistic representation of their ideal world to share with others, and the third has them engage in a discussion with others and consider their own vision of leadership. They could also make a PSA that inspires others to end bullying for good and help make that vision a reality in tomorrow’s world! This idea is also a great fit with Mission: Sisterhood! Bullying is a sisterhood issue that girls will want to take action on and speak out about!
Ambassadors on Justice or BLISS: Live It! Give It! could create a PSA that explains how a world without bullying is a world that’s not only fair and just for everyone, but also doesn’t limit girls’ ability to dream and reach their potential.
These are just some ideas to get you thinking! We encourage girls of all ages to take the lead and come up with your own creative ways to speak out against bullying too.
Girl Scouts Speak Out! ”Friendship First” will accept entries from February 1, 2013 through May 31, 2013, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time; voting will close June 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.