Girl Scouts add modern-day badges for aspiring leaders
With their 100th anniversary quickly approaching, The Girl Scouts of the USA have completely revamped their badge offerings for the first time in twenty-five years. The organization's mission remains the same, but the new program offerings have been altered to focus on leadership and development skills that are more relevant to girls in the 21st Century.
The new badges encourage "the critical thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship that the next generation of leaders will need to make the world a better place," Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girl Scouts USA said in a statement.
While several of the traditional badges such as Cook, Naturalist, and Athlete are still offered, new badges that focus on modern day and technology-driven skills have been added. New badges include, Product Designer, Digital Movie Maker, Money Manager, and the Science of Happiness. A "Make Your Own" badge option also has been added for all levels of Scouts, and it gives girls the opportunity to explore their personal interests.
The Girl Scout organization has empowered young girls since 1912 and has been able to modernize their curriculum to fit modern day demands. It's a mission that Simmons fully supports.
"We have a focused commitment to the advancement of women and girls, and we believe the [Girl Scouts] new badge offerings is an important step in the development of today's women leaders," says Diane Hammer, Director of the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change.
What do you think? What badges would you like to see the Girl Scouts add?
Interested in getting involved with the Girl Scouts? Volunteer at the Girl Scout Leadership Conference held at Simmons College on Jan. 29, 2012. For more info, contact Denise Pearl Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.