MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama announced 28 new badges girls can earn, including ones for math in nature, entrepreneurship, and digital leadership.
The new badges will help build skills and confidence to navigate the changing society, with more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focus than ever before.
The four categories of badges are entrepreneurship, stem career exploration, automotive engineering, and civics.
“The badges, particularly these digital leadership badges… they’re focusing on more of a well-being, and being in a healthy environment,” said Karen Peterlin, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama CEO.
With constant shifts in technology and culture, Peterlin says the new badges encourage the girls to be effective and safe while online.
“I’d say that they’re pretty important badges because they’re just new opportunities in general, and that’s always fun to do,” said Alyssa Nance.
Alyssa is a sophomore at Bob Jones High School and a Gold Award Girl Scout, meaning she has received the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts.
“I’m probably most looking forward to the digital leadership badge because it just teaches girls how to be safe online because we’re really going into using computers and phones with everything now,” she said. “So it just teaches people responsibility and how to be safe online.”
New badges will include one like “Math in Nature” for grades K-5, “Cookie Business” for grades K-12, and “Digital Leadership” for grades K-12.
Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Interim Judith Batty said, “Through our new badge experiences, girls can conserve the natural world, run their own small business, create digital content that inspires others, and address online bullying. Girl Scouts has been a source of connection, support, and joy for girls throughout the pandemic, and is addressing current issues girls, parents, and caregivers care about.”
Girl Scout leaders hope these new badges will encourage girls to develop more ambitious mindsets toward technology, learn STEM skills while exploring nature, and build confidence and safe practices online.
To learn more about the new badges, visit here.