Creating an Atmosphere of Acceptance and Inclusion
Girl Scouts embraces girls of all abilities, backgrounds, and heritage, with a specific and positive philosophy of inclusion that benefits everyone. Each girl—without regard to socioeconomic status, race, physical or cognitive ability, ethnicity, primary language, or religion—is an equal and valued member of the group, and groups reflect the diversity of the community.
Inclusion is an approach and an attitude, rather than a set of guidelines. Inclusion is about belonging, about all girls being offered the same opportunities, about respect and dignity, and about honoring the uniqueness of and differences among us all.
You’re accepting and inclusive when you:
- Welcome every girl and focus on building community.
- Emphasize cooperation instead of competition.
- Provide a safe and socially comfortable environment for girls.
- Teach respect for, understanding of, and dignity toward all girls and their families.
- Actively reach out to girls and families who are traditionally excluded or marginalized.
- Foster a sense of belonging to community as a respected and valued peer.
- Honor the intrinsic value of each person’s life.
Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the special needs of all girls to ensure their full participation in Girl Scouts. Please contact your local leadership experience manager at Inclusion@GirlScoutsToday.org with questions about inclusion or support in providing special accommodations.
Read more on how you can create an inclusive atmosphere for girls.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois is a partner of National Inclusion Project .