Badges are now organized into categories: Financial Literacy, Cookie Business, Skill-Building and Make Your Own. Among the new badges rolled out by the Girl Scouts are ones for Digital Movie Maker, Customer Loyalty, and Product Designer. Scouts still have the chance to earn traditional badges such as Cook, Naturalist and Athlete, but these new badges are intended to challenge young girls in new and different ways.
“Girls told us they want more challenge, and we’ve responded with substantive, focused, fun new badge offerings that will prepare girls for lifelong success,” said Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA. “What we need today are more adult volunteers to help girls bring these leadership experiences to life.”
The changes represent an ongoing effort by the Girl Scout organization to really focus on leadership development for girls. As part of that focus the organization hopes to offer opportunities for young girls to build critical thinking, creativity and entrepreneurial skills to build the next generation of leaders.
It’s good to see an organization that has been around as long as the Girl Scouts innovate to try and meet the changing cultural climate for young girls today. Here’s hoping these new badges, and the challenges designed to earn them, meet the promises of the organization, because today’s young girls face a culture hostile to their very existence.
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