Monday, June 5, 2023

Girl Scouts' Commitment to DEI is a Thread Running Through the Fabric of Our Council

History books often miss the hidden figures involved in events that shaped our lives. You probably won’t be surprised that many of these unrecognized history makers are women and frequently women of color. Here in Atlanta, this is no exception.

Eighty years ago, noted Atlanta educator Bazoline Usher, the first Black woman to have an office at City Hall, had a dream to bring Girl Scouting to Black Girl Scouts. Through her efforts and the volunteer work of almost 30 area Black school teachers, the first troops formed in the fall of 1943 and became known as District V Girl Scouts.

Over the next 20 years, these girls and their leaders embraced the ideals of Girl Scouting: being prepared, helping others, acting in service, and taking steps towards early activism in a city divided by segregation.

In the 50’s the Georgia councils chose District V Girl Scout Roslyn Pope to represent the state at a national event. She was the only Black girl in attendance, making this one of her earliest experiences in a desegregated environment. You can read the AJC article about her experience here. A few years later, Roslyn Pope was a student leader at Spelman, involved in the beginnings of student activism. She penned An Appeal for Human Rights, the manifesto credited with launching the student sit-in movement in 1963.

Another Girl Scout, Madelyn Nix, was a senior in high school when she applied to become one of the first nine Black students to integrate Atlanta public high schools. With the memory of the harassment of a young Ruby Bridges in many minds, Atlanta held its breath as the Atlanta Nine began attending four whites-only schools. Learn more about the Atlanta Nine.

Other Girl Scouts like Vivian Welch Brinson and Celestine Bray Bottoms worked passionately, often behind the scenes, editing speeches, creating protest posters, and holding meetings in their homes or churches as students responded to the call of Civil Rights leaders.

Today, we celebrate these unsung heroes and are honored to work with Gene Kansas, Gene Kansas Real Estate, and the Loss Prevention to bring a mural to the side of the former Atlanta Daily World building, where the District V troops met. Click here to learn about it and if you know of someone who was a Girl Scout in District V, please reach out to our archives committee at We would love to keep you updated on the progress of the mural, an upcoming exhibit, and offer an opportunity for you or a loved one to share any District V Girl Scout memories.

In 2020, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta recommitted to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies and procedures. Since then, we’ve seen many successes in these efforts in both obvious and behind-the-scenes ways.

  • Last summer we launched our inaugural Girl Scouts Destinations Camp, Journey to Justice which follows the Civil Rights trail in Atlanta and beyond, working with older girls in honing their social justice voice. We have a few spaces available for the June 25 - July 1 camp. Email for more information. The deadline is June 11, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

  • With support from the Department of Labor, we implemented an outdoor job skills program, introducing young minority women to careers in camping and outdoor recreation.

  • This followed a partnership with Home Depot to engage older girls, especially those who identify as Black or Latinx in construction trades.

  • For our employees, we offered Juneteenth as a paid day off, before it became an official state holiday in Georgia, and we offer support for employees through six Employee Resource Groups. In addition, our staff continues to undergo trainings to best serve our wonderfully diverse membership.

  • Our teen event, Girls Night Out, included a silent disco and other supportive activities for neuro-diverse Girl Scouts while our ongoing Teen Summit helps middle school Latinx girls develop the tools for a successful future.

Friday, May 19, 2023

4 Ways to Support Your Girl Scouts’ Mental Well-being for Summer and Beyond

Recent CDC studies reveal 57% of high school girls have “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” nearly twice as high as males. And while May is officially Mental Health Awareness Month, here at Girl Scouts, we consider a girl’s mental well-being a top priority all year long and our programs reflect that.

Though most troops may be on pause for the summer, the next few months can still be filled with friendship-building and self-confidence-boosting activities that positively impact their mental health. Here are 4 ideas to help your Girl Scout stay connected to what matters this summer.

1. Connect with Herself - The Resilient. Ready. Strong. wellness patch program is filled with loads of no-cost ideas for all ages and Girl Scout levels. Download the free guide (in English or Spanish) and get your girl started on hands-on activities ranging from gratitude journals to songwriting, to animal care. Activities can be done alone or with friends or family.

2. Connect with Nature – Studies show that being in nature even for half an hour a day helps us feel better mentally and physically. There are many opportunities in Georgia to hike, fish, go biking or river tubing. Girl Scouts also offers day and overnight camps with opportunities for lake swimming, horseback riding, and miles of nature trails. Is your Girl Scout nervous about attending a camp for the first time or without a friend? Our counselors are trained to ease a girl’s worries and connect her with others. We have almost 100 years of experience in delivering a safe, fun, and memorable summer camp experience to all ages.

Beginning June 1 your Girl Scout can take part in the “Girl Scouts Love the Outdoor Challenge.” Download your free activity guide so she can jump into a variety of outdoor activities in easy ways with little to no cost or travel time. Whether she has an open window, a backyard, a balcony, or a nearby park, she can join in the fun.

3. Connect with Friends and Family - According to doctors, supportive relationships increase your sense of belonging and purpose, boost happiness and reduce stress. This summer, set up a time for your girl to get together with members of her troop to play, be silly, and catch up with each other. Encourage her to try a new hobby like photography, woodworking, or anime illustration. Bring her and the family to one of our Girl Scout Days with a few of our area partners and share the fun at theme parks, professional sporting events, museums, and classes with savings up to 50% off. Don’t forget to take pictures of your day, print them, and help your girl create a scrapbook to remember her adventures.

4. Connect with Community - Mental health experts agree helping others gives us purpose and creates a sense of well-being. In the Girl Scout Law, we promise to “make the world a better place” and summer is a great time to put that Law into action. Ask your girl what she’s passionate about and help her find a way to turn that passion into purpose. For example, does she love animals? Maybe she can collect towels or newspapers for the local shelter. If she’s completed the prerequisites, she can learn more about the Girl Scout High Awards at our Silver, Bronze, and Gold Award summer academies. Here, with girls her own age, she can spend the day developing a take-action project for the upcoming Girl Scout year. Previous Girl Scout High Awards include building a little library, running a water safety course, creating a used musical instrument donation for students at a Title 1 school, and designing a mural along the Atlanta Beltline. Visit our events calendar to register.

And if you haven’t reregistered for the 2023-24 Girl Scout year, visit your personal My GS page or speak with your girl’s troop leader. You don’t want your Girl Scout missing out on events like “Girls Night Out” a K-12 evening filled with tips, tools and a little dance and yoga thrown in for stress management. New mental wellness badges, outdoor activities and more are on the way with details available in late summer.

Girls need Girl Scouts more than ever. Girl Scouts is a place where every girl can be herself, where she is physically and emotionally safe. It is a place where every girl belongs and where she will grow in perseverance, confidence, and resilience.

Friday, May 5, 2023

Response to Midtown Shootings

Dear Girl Scouts,

We are deeply saddened and concerned about Wednesday’s active shooter event that took place in Atlanta. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy, especially the victims and their families. We also extend our support to the many Girl Scout members who were in Midtown as these events unfolded and who were locked down in area schools and businesses.

We understand that events like this can be frightening and unsettling, especially for our girls. If you or your Girl Scout need support or resources to cope with this traumatic event, we encourage you to use these resources below:

For child-centered grief and trauma resources

We also want to remind our Girl Scout families to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and take steps to protect yourself and those around you. The safety and well-being of our Girl Scout community is our top priority, and we want to assure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our members at our camps and events.

Our hearts are with the Atlanta community during this difficult time, and we are committed to supporting our Girl Scout members and their families as we work together to heal and move forward.

Yours in Girl Scouting,





Amy S. Dosik
CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Friday, June 24, 2022

Guidance for Girl Scouts regarding Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling

A Message from the CEO:

Earlier today, the Supreme Court published its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion and overturning its ruling in Roe v. Wade. We recognize that this decision is polarizing for our nation and our Girl Scout members, who are diverse in their personal and religious beliefs concerning reproductive rights.


Our policy as a Girl Scout movement has always been that decisions on reproductive rights are highly personal in nature and best handled within families, and this continues to be our position following today’s ruling. We ask that you continue to apply the principles of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, acting with consideration, caring, and respect for those whose views on reproductive issues differ from your own. 


We also recognize that girls and adults within our movement may wish to make their voices heard with respect to this ruling. Because our movement does not take a position on reproductive rights issues, I wanted to review some rules of engagement for how Girl Scout members may represent themselves if they choose to attend protests, marches, rallies or other public events. 


Girls, troops, and adult members generally should not wear Girl Scout uniforms or branded attire when attending events that support one side of an issue on which the Girl Scout movement does not take a position, including reproductive rights. Members may wear uniforms or branded items only if their participation is linked to a specific Take Action project in pursuit of a Girl Scout Journey or Highest Award.


We ask parents, guardians, and troop leaders to be mindful of the possibility of violence at marches and rallies as they consider the appropriateness of the experience for girl members. We respect the rights of each individual member of our movement to make their own decision about participating in and we encourage thoughtful discussion of any event.


If your Girl Scout is interested in learning more about the 'freedom to assemble,’ other ways our government works, and how she can participate in it, you may want to explore our Citizenship badges. Badges such as Inside Government, Finding Common Ground, and Behind the Ballot inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls to lead positive change through civic action. Encouraging girls to be engaged citizens isn't new. Even before women had the right to vote, Girl Scouts could earn Citizenship badges. 

View our Citizenship badges here:

Thank you for your continued investment in girls and Girl Scouting. 

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Amy S. Dosik

CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta 

Monday, June 6, 2022

A Message from the CEO - June 6

Dear Girl Scouts,

I am devastated by the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Chattanooga, and Laguna Woods, California. These senseless acts of gun violence have left dozens of people killed or wounded and countless others suffering from emotional trauma. These events are more than any of us should have to bear.

We are heartbroken to share that one of our Girl Scouts from Southwest Texas was killed during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last week. The entire Girl Scout community mourns the loss of Amerie Jo Garza, along with the families of the victims and everyone affected by the violence.

Amerie was posthumously awarded the Girl Scout Bronze Cross for her bravery. The Bronze Cross is awarded for saving or attempting to save life at the risk of the Girl Scout’s own life. Amerie, a 10-year-old 4th-grader, was shot dead as she attempted to call 911 for help. Amerie had bridged to Juniors the previous week.

For ways you can help our sisters in Uvalde, please visit our Girl Scout Strong for Uvalde web page at

Our nation continues to suffer unfathomable losses from gun violence at an alarming rate. The shooting in Uvalde is the 27th school shooting to take place this year and the 63rd mass shooting during the month of May. * It leaves us reeling in anger and grief.

While it is difficult for us as adults to process these events, children are especially vulnerable to fear and anxiety. Below you will find some resources you may wish to use as you navigate difficult conversations with your girls.

May our nation find the courage to heal, the confidence to stand in solidarity with all children who need our protection and the character to do what is right to end gun violence. Thank you for all that you do.

Yours in Girl Scouting,


For child-centered grief and trauma resources
For mental health crises
  • Call 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or for online emotional support
  • The Crisis Text Line connects you to a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message: text NAMI to 741741
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7 national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling (more info at National Institute of Mental Health): Dial 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor
For families or troops seeking mental health care services
  • National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG) links to local support groups and professionals
  • SAMHSA's Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Mental Health America (MHA) links to affiliates across the country and offers resources for finding treatment

*School shooting data supplied by Education Week. Mass shooting data supplied by Gun Violence Archive.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Message from GSGATL - Updated Guidelines for In-Person Girl Scout Activities

Dear Girl Scouts,

Happy new year! Like all of you, we hoped by now we wouldn’t still be sending out COVID related messaging, but there continue to be new variants that require constant monitoring.

As we have done throughout the COVID pandemic, we will use the latest public health data and recommended best practices from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, and Girl Scouts of the USA to guide our decisions.

In-person troop meetings and activities will continue to be allowed as long as our members follow these guidelines.

The guidelines go into effect March 14, 2022 and supersede previous versions.

Please continue to check our blog and Website for additional updates, and if you have questions, you can contact us at or 800-771-1139.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Message from GSGATL - Updated Guidelines for In-Person Girl Scout Activities

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has updated the guidelines for the fall regarding returning to in-person troop meetings and activities. These guidelines were developed using information we currently have from the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health and may be modified as health recommendations change.

The guidelines are effective immediately and supersede previous versions.

Please continue to check our blog and website for additional updates and if you have questions you can contact us at or 800-771-1139.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Amy S. Dosik
CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta