Service is a very important part of the Girl Scout philosophy. All Girl Scouts use the three keys to leadership (Discover - Connect - Take Action) as a way to live the Girl Scout Law and make a difference in the world. It is another part of Girl Scouting that unites all girls and helps them do extraordinary things.

Similarly, the origins of Boy Scouting are rooted in service. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. Today, the Cub Scout Promise continues to emphasize the duty to help other people, and three of the Scout's 12 Core Values speak to service in some way, including citizenship, compassion and responsibility.

The Project Giving Kids website provides children with a fun and easy-to-use tool that allows them to identify ways they can serve others from a very young age. Kids have the ability to identify projects of personal interest, and the activities can even be tailored to the unique preferences of the pack, den, or troop in question. Furthermore, the activities are structured around causes and themes that kids can understand and offer all kinds of ways to get involved: from home or out in the community; in a quick 30 minutes between den or troop meetings or in a full day of service alongside other Scouts.

The Project Giving Kids site can help Girl Scouts find projects necessary to complete their Bronze and/or Silver Awards, and can also help Cub Scouts find fun ways to earn their Community Service badges. Click here for more details on special Girl Scout Service Awards and here for more on Boy Scouts & community service.

And click here to get started with a fun project that will help your Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts dig a little deeper into service today!

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Community service and helping others are central to both the Boy Scout and the Girl Scout traditions. Project Giving Kids represents an excellent resource that Scout leaders can use to find projects that allow their Cub Scouts and Brownies, even their Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to make a difference in their communities.