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Be Bold. Be Brave. Raise Your Hand.

When Girl Scout Junior Alice T. noticed that boys were aggressively participating in activities at a school fair, she started to worry that girls were fading into the background. Now, Alice has a message for girls everywhere to help them have more confidence, step up and become leaders: Girl Scouts Raise Your Hand
(patch pictured on right).

Get involved with the Girl Scouts Raise Your Hand movement:

  • Sign the pledge below and commit to raising your hand in class when you think you know the answer or have a question. Not 100% sure? That’s ok! Take a risk and try anyway. 

  • Recruit three girls (they don’t have to be Girl Scouts!) to take the Girl Scout Raise Your Hand pledge.

  • Tell us how raising your hand made you feel. Did it become easier to raise your hand the more you did it? Take a picture showing us how you raise your hand, and upload it to using #gsRaiseYourHand. In the caption, share with us how the challenge went.
How to order a Raise Your Hand participation patch:
  • NEW! The Raise Your Hand patch is available online here.
  • Visit our DC Girl Scout shop, or you can order by calling: 202-274-3312, or email: with your name and contact information.

Watch our CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon and Girl Scout Junior Alice T. talk about the Raise Your Hand Challenge. And, read Alice's op ed in the New York Times. 

Take the Pledge

Click here to download a printable version that you can sign and keep as a reminder, or share with friends!

I pledge to be bold, to be brave and to raise my hand in class.

Parents: Check out our top tips for raising brave, bold confident girls who raise their hands in class.

1. Teach her to embrace failure

Girls tend to hold themselves to impossible standards of perfection. Often, girls would rather stay silent than risk a wrong answer. Teaching girls that failure is a part of life helps them begin to approach challenges without fear.

2. Encourage teamwork

When girls work cooperatively with their peers, they start to identify their unique strengths and skills. Teamwork teaches girls to value each others’ ideas, and gives introverted girls opportunities to step up and take the lead.

3. Get her outdoors

Research shows that girls who regularly spend time outdoors are better problem solvers and more eager to take on challenges. That’s because time spent in the outdoors gives girls unique opportunities to try new things, take risks and get outside their comfort zone.

4. Inspire self-acceptance

As girls get older, they start to face more and more internal and external pressures. In fact, between elementary and high school, girls’ self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys’.


5. Connect her with mentors

Programs like Girl Scouts connect girls with a supportive network of inspiring role models to help girls reach their full potential. Not a member? Join or volunteer today.