Anti-Bullying Initiatives & Resources
It has been called a national epidemic and a public health issue. Girl Scout leaders, volunteers, and
parents are in a great position to help girls learn how to have healthy relationships.
This skill can have an impact on a girl for the rest of her life. Girl Scouts
is in a unique position to connect the values of the Girl Scout Law such as
being honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, and
respect self and others to issues of bullying.
Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri is committed to providing anti-bullying
resources for our leaders, volunteers and girls. By helping girls gain
confidence and develop relationship skills and giving them the tools to advocate
for themselves and others, we are developing leaders who resolve conflicts,
build consensus, and bridge divides.
We are building girls who have the courage, confidence and character to stand
up and make a difference with the growing national problem of bullying.
Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors
Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast developed an anti-bullying initiative for grade K
– 5 Girl Scout Leaders, and has graciously given us permission to use it. The leader’s
guides, consisting of 5 -6 sessions, are perfect for use in the troop setting.
Girl Scout Cadettes
From the Leadership
Journey Series- It’s Your World – Change It, the aMAZE: The
Twists and Turns of Getting Along helps girls get tips and learn strategies
for creating healthy, long lasting friendships.
- Page 75 – Caution: Bullies Straight Ahead
- Page 96 – Surfing Through Cyber Relationships
- If your girls are
interested in delving deeper into bullying, the BFF program is a great resource. Designed to work with the aMAZE! Journey, the BFF Leader’s Guide is an excellent
supplement to be used with the
- In BFF, girls get to
explore thorny issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques
through engaging role-plays, creative writing, games, and discussion exercises.
They can also create and lead projects in their schools and communities to
tackle bullying issues on their terms and turf!
- Healthy relationships
are the solution to bully prevention. BFF inspires girls to lead one
another—with friendship! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are
interested in learning more about BFF.
GSKSMO has several community partners who offer
opportunities for girls on topic of bullying and healthy relationships.
The Power Up program, a nationally recognized bullying
prevention initiative from the Girl Scouts of Colorado, seeks to encourage the
85% of the population who are bystanders to bullying (rather than targets or
bullies) to recognize the strength in those numbers and use it to intervene
when they see something wrong. An all-girl program, Power Up is focused on
preventing the verbal and relational bullying prevalent among girls.
The stereotypical vision of bullying is the kind of physical
bullying more common among boys. Far more common among both boys and girls is
verbal bullying, name-calling and other forms of verbal harassment. Most people
and programs virtually ignore relational bullying, the systematic diminishment
of a child’s sense of self-worth through exclusion, shunning and gossip.
Power Up is unique in that it focuses on experiential learning,
relational bullying, and defender training to teach bullying prevention.
Power Up teaches girls how to identify bullying; address bullies, targets and
bystanders; and gives girls the tools they need to intervene when they see
Relational bullying is all too common among girls of all ages,
but girls can be taught to prevent it and to intervene when they see any
bullying happen in their schools or communities.
For more information, contact Diana Rhoads, email@example.com; 816-679-3994 or Kellie Temple, firstname.lastname@example.org; 816.678.2128.