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FREE Civic Democracy Badges

Available for registered GSCSNJ Girl Scouts

March - September, 2021

Be prepared to lead the change in your town, state, and country! Start with the Civics badges and gain an in-depth understanding of how local, state, and federal government works. Get ready to be a voter, an activist, or a political leader. Research laws and understand how they’re created. Explore how the electoral college works. Learn about the representation of women in government, and so much more.

How it works:

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Leaders/parents access badge requirements.

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Girls complete the badge requirements as a troop or independently. *one free badge per GSCSNJ Girl Scout

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Leaders/parents claim her FREE Civics Badge.

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Girls participate in council programs to enhance their civic engagement and democracy experience.

Accessing Badge Requirements

For Volunteers

The Volunteer Toolkit is a digital planning tool currently available to troop leaders, co-leaders, council-selected administrative volunteers, and primary caregivers of Girl Scouts with active 2021 memberships.

Those with the volunteer roles listed above can access the Volunteer Toolkit by:

  1. Logging into their MyGS account
  2. Once logged in, go to My Account at the top of the screen.
  3. Select Volunteer Toolkit on the left navigation toolbar.

From here, Troop Leaders can search and add the appropriate Civic Engagement badge curriculum to their Troop's Year Plan. This will break down the badge requirements into troop meetings. Troops can feel free to spread the badge earning across multiple meetings or review the materials to condense the amount of time it would take.


 

Parents/Guardians

Some troops may opt to not participate in the FREE Civic Badge promotion, but that doesn't mean your Girl Scout can't work on the badge herself! Parents will be able to request PDF badge requirements that will help them walk through each step of the badge with their Girl Scout.

By registering through the appropriate eBiz link below, parents will be sent a unique retail code to download the Badge Requirements from the Girl Scout Shop for free.

Access your girl's badge requirements:
Request Her Free Badge
What we recommend:

While volunteers or guardians can complete the form to claim a girl's free badge, we recommend guardians submit the form for their girl. This will ensure no duplicate submissions and allow guardians to submit what address their girl's badge should be sent to.

The badge request form needs to be completed for each girl individually.

Civic Engagement Programs
Did you know that civics isn't only about law and government?

It also includes things like money management, the importance of education, and evaluating the value of the organizations you interact with. Enhance your Girl Scout's understanding of civic engagment through council-run programs designed to supplement the skills she gianed through earning her Civic Engagement badge.


Assess, Breathe, Consider
Wednesday, June 23 | Grades 9-12 | $10 per girl

Why is it important that we, as a collective society, have adopted rules and regulations regarding what is appropriate behavior? We’ll discuss how your choices, online and off, can have consequences that may affect your future or cause harm to yourself or others.

Let's Make Our Declaration
Tuesday, June 29 | Grades 9-12 | $10 per girl

As we get ready to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, girls will learn about the impact that letter-writing has in today's world and how to write powerful letters of their own.

In this program, girls will learn the how-to's of publishing and sending letters and how teaming up to write can help you amplify your power. Girls will learn tips such as how a letter to the editor (LTE) might differ from a letter to a legislator and how to find a local paper's criteria on publishing letters. Girls will arrive with an idea of what that they want to write about and leave with a draft of their first letter.


FAQs

Can Anyone Claim a Free Badge?

All registered GSCSNJ Girl Scouts can claim a free Civic Badge.

  • One (1) free badge per registered GSCSNJ Girl Scout.
  • Girls can only claim the badge that corresponds to their current Girl Scout level (i.e. a Senior Girl Scout cannot request an Ambassador badge).
When Will I Receive My Girl's Badge?

Badges will be mailed out 4-6 weeks after the form submission. Badges will be sent directly to the mailing address provided on the submission form.

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