The Girl Scouts of the USA have redesigned and updated its badges to reflect a more promising list of ideals for its members.
Where once the badges girls around the U.S. hoped to earn included, cooking, sewing, and fashion, fitness, and makeup, the girls will now have a chance to earn badges in financial literacy, public policy, website design, digital filmmaking, “locavore” (local food) awareness, and customer loyalty.
Given the organization’s mission of empowering girls and helping them to “develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others,” it is no surprise that they have added new badges with a focus on the world around them.
Alisha Niehaus, of Girl Scouts of the USA stated “We kept some favorites but added new ones that will help the girls build the leadership skills they’ll need for success in the 21st century.”
During focus groups “girls asked for more challenge and more creativity. They asked for fun with purpose,” she added.
The Girl Scouts are more than just “cookie sellers,” they are change makers. They offer girls the opportunity to get involved in local charities and organizations to help raise awareness of the issues present in their home towns.
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