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 nationwide challenge that focuses on providing service and giving members an opportunity to make a difference in the world, to date the NSP has aligned to three key United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eradicating poverty and hunger, promoting gender equality and empowering women, and ensuring environmental sustainability.
This Guiding year we will be launching our fourth NSP, addressing the United Nations MDG #2 – to achieve universal primary education. With a focus on literacy, the program will launch in January and dovetail with Family Literacy Day, a national awareness campaign. Watch for information and details on this exciting new service project – including new challenges and activities, and a new crest – to be posted on this site later in the fall.
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.