National Service Project
Service has been a long and proud tradition in Guiding. In 2010 GGC launched the National Service Project (NSP) in celebration of our 100th anniversary, a new nationwide challenge that was focused on providing service and giving Members an opportunity to make a difference in the world, together. Drawing inspiration from the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the themes for past NSP’s have included: MDG1 - Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger, MDG3 - Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, and MDG 7 - Ensure Environmental Sustainability.
This year, the NSP will focus on MDG 2 - Achieve Universal Primary Education through the theme of “Literacy”. Most people think of literacy as the ability to read. While this is partially true, literacy also involves understanding information in other contexts, such as numbers, charts, and maps. There also other forms of literacy such as financial literacy and computer literacy. Literacy is the ability to understand information and use it in a meaningful way.
This NSP aims to increase girls’ interest in reading and writing, promote the importance of literacy, increase access to books and information for communities across Canada, and more. This will be done through active games and service activities such as hosting a book drive in their community, hosting a book exchange during a unit meeting, and volunteering to read at a library.
Here’s what we’ve accomplished since 2010:
2012 – 2014 NSP: Operation Earth Action
Operation Earth Action was based on the United Nation’s MDG #7 - ensuring environmental sustainability. It focused on performing service for the environment in fun and inspiring ways. Girls pledged or participated in activities that focused on at least two of the following areas:
Reduce use of plastic water bottles and/or shopping bags
Reduce the distance their food travels
Make homemade green products
Plant trees in a public space
Reduce energy consumption
Support and build animal habitats
Upcycle materials from trash to treasure
2011 NSP: EmPOWERing Girls
EmPOWERing Girls was based on the United Nation’s MDG #3 - promoting gender equality and empowering women. It focused on learning about issues facing girls and women around the world. One component of the NSP was to have girl and adult members sign PLAN Canada’s petition asking the Canadian government, and the United Nations, to create an International Day of the Girl.
2010 NSP: Eradicating Poverty and Hunger
In its inaugural year, our NSP was based on the United Nation’s MDG #1 – eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. More than 16,000 members committed to over 68,000 acts to end hunger and poverty through various activities.