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Girl Scouts introduces 30 new badges to power girl leadership

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts releases new badges in environmental stewardship, space science, robotics, and more to help girls create positive change in their communities—and beyond.

Today, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) rolled out 30 new badges and 2 new Journeys (available now!) exclusively for girls ages 5–18—enhancing the time tested, one-of-a-kind leadership experience that has prepared countless women and girls to excel in life. The new programming will prepare girls to address some of society’s most pressing needs through hands-on learning in cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration. 

The new programming for girls in grades 6–12 includes:

  • Think Like a Programmer Journey, funded by Raytheon and providing a strong foundation in computational thinking and the framework for Girl Scouts’ first ever national Cyber Challenge, coming in 2019. The programming will prepare girls to pursue careers in fields such as cybersecurity, computer science, and robotics. Learn more.
  • Environmental Stewardship badges, funded by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project and expanding on GSUSA’s current Environmental Stewardship badge offerings. Girls in grades K–12 are encouraged to prepare for outdoor experiences and take action on environmental issues they care about. Although Girl Scouts have been advocating for the environment since the organization’s founding 106 years ago, the new badges are the first to specifically mobilize girls to be environmental advocates who address problems, find solutions, and take the lead to protect the natural world. Learn more.
  • Robotics badges that teach girls how to program, design, and showcase robots, completing the suite of Robotics badges that GSUSA introduced for girls in grades K–5 last year. Now, every Girl Scout can develop robotics skills and earn badges while she’s at it! Learn more.
  • The College Knowledge badge for Girl Scouts in grades 11 and 12—the first badge dedicated to college exploration. By showing girls how to research the admissions process, financial aid, and other key factors, our College Knowledge badge meets a specific need and addresses the life skills girls have told us they’re interested in—and that many don’t find support for outside Girl Scouts. Learn more.
  • Think Like an Engineer Journey, which helps girls understand how engineers address and solve problems. As with all Girl Scout Leadership Journeys, girls complete hands-on activities and use their newly honed skills to take action on a problem in their community. Learn more.

Girls in grades K–5 can now earn badges in:

  • Cybersecurity. Funded by Palo Alto Networks, our new Cybersecurity badges introduce girls to age-appropriate online safety and privacy principles, how the internet works, and spotting and investigating cybercrime. Learn more.
  • Space Science. Funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute, these badges let girls channel their inner NASA scientist as they learn about objects in space and how astronomers conduct investigations. Learn more.
  • Mechanical Engineering. Girl Scout Juniors—girls in grades 4 and 5—design paddle boats, cranes, and balloon-powered cars; and learn about buoyancy, potential and kinetic energy, machines, and jet propulsion. Following last year’s introduction of Mechanical Engineering badges for girls in grades K–3, the addition of these badges means that ALL Girl Scouts in elementary school now have access to hands-on engineering experiences. Learn more.

Enhancing Girl Scouts’ proven girl-led programming, these new badges and Journeys will set girls up for a lifetime of leadership and success, and prepare them to take action to make the world a better—including greener and more equitable—place for us all.

Today’s youth are increasingly vocal about the change they want to see—and Girl Scouts are the best equipped with the skills needed to make a real impact. In fact, girls who participate in Girl Scouting are more than twice as likelyto exhibit community problem-solving skills than girls who don’t (57 percent versus 28 percent). The important soft skills like confidence and perseverance that Girl Scouts promotes, coupled with the hard skills linked with our standout, 21st-century programming definitely set Girl Scouts apart.

There’s just no doubt about it: Girl Scouts is the single BEST place for girls. Delivering a one-of-a-kind leadership development program (and the largest in the world for girls!), Girl Scouts provides girls with unlimited girl-led adventures found nowhere else. Troops are forming now—join Girl Scouts today. 

GSUSA works with top organizations and specialists in fields that interest today’s girls. These entities advise us and collaborate with us to develop cutting-edge programming for girls. Recent content collaborators include Code.org, the Cyber Innovation Center, robotics educator and author Kathy Ceceri, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the Museum of Science in Boston, and Design Squad Global. Girl Scouts themselves also rigorously tested select new program offerings, including the Think Like a Programmer activities and Space Science and Cybersecurity badges announced last year and available for girls nationwide to earn.

Take Girl Scouts’ #gsoutdoors Challenge! Week 4: Nurture nature

From Girl Scouts of the USA

In celebration of National Great Outdoors Month, Girl Scouts is excited to host four weeks of exciting outdoor challenges in June. Follow along, have fun, then make sure to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #gsoutdoors for a chance to win an awesome prize from the North Face! 

Mother Nature provides us with so much beauty, inspiration, and fun that it’s only right to give back to her! Of course there are so many ways to protect and enhance our outdoor areas—so use your imagination and get ready to have a great time while doing good. To participate in this week’s challenge, choose one of the following activities. 

June 23-30:

Add something cool.
Volunteer to do something like plant flowers outside your local library, help build a dog park in your neighborhood, or spruce up a trail at a nearby national park—and know that whatever you contribute will make the great outdoors even greater for people in your area. 
Banish the bad stuff.
Have you spotted garbage in your neighborhood or graffiti on nearby park benches? Take initiative and gather a group of friends and family to clean it up! You’ll be helping the whole community, and you’ll feel an awesome sense of pride in doing the right thing. 
Shout from the rooftops.
Wish your local government did more to protect and enhance the parks and other outdoor spaces in your area? Does your community recycle and use resources as wisely as they could? Think about it, then share your thoughts with others. Whether you write a letter to the editor of your local paper or contact your local officials over social media, every voice counts and can help make the world a better place. 
Don’t forget to share pics of your adventure on Instagram with the hashtag #gsoutdoors! You could win BIG!
For more great times, check out all the Outdoor badges you can earn as a Girl Scout! 
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To power the next generation of women who push boundaries and move mountains, The North Face has recently teamed up with Girl Scouts of the USA to inspire girls to challenge themselves, learn about the natural world, and continue the Girl Scout tradition of having life-changing outdoor experiences. 
Through our multiyear collaboration, The North Face will support the development of 12 new Outdoor Adventure badges, with programming ranging from mountaineering and climbing to backpacking, hiking, and trail running. These 12 new Girl Scout badges, which will roll out over the next two years, will teach girls in virtually every U.S. zip code about the benefits of outdoor exploration. Learn more about this exciting collaboration.

Take Girl Scouts’ #gsoutdoors Challenge! Week 3: Embrace adventure

From Girl Scouts of the USA

In celebration of National Great Outdoors Month, Girl Scouts is excited to host four weeks of exciting outdoor challenges in June. Follow along, have fun, then make sure to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #gsoutdoors for a chance to win an awesome prize from the North Face!

You know what makes almost any activity more fun? Taking it outside! Enjoying the great outdoors can be done in so many ways—there’s no right or wrong as long as you’re enjoying yourself and respecting your neighbors. The point is to get outside, breathe that fresh air, and have fun with friends and family. To participate in this week’s challenge, pick one of the activities below!

June 16-22:

Take a chance.
Pull out that summer bucket list and start crossing outdoor adventures off it! Plan a camping trip, hike that tough trail you’ve doubted you could conquer, visit the national park you’ve been dreaming of… There’s no better time than the present! 

Make a splash.
Curious about kayaking, whitewater rafting, or surfing? Sign up for a lesson and see how far the current carries you! 

Learn a survival skill.
Girl Scouts are always prepared! So why not learn a new skill that could benefit you for a lifetime? Learn how to start a campfire in a pinch, take a first-aid class, or connect with community experts to improve your outdoor skills so you’re ready for the unexpected. 

Don’t forget to share pics of your adventure on Instagram with the hashtag #gsoutdoors! You could win BIG! 

For more great times, check out all the Outdoor badges you can earn as a Girl Scout! 

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To power the next generation of women who push boundaries and move mountains, The North Face has recently teamed up with Girl Scouts of the USA to inspire girls to challenge themselves, learn about the natural world, and continue the Girl Scout tradition of having life-changing outdoor experiences. 

Through our multiyear collaboration, The North Face will support the development of 12 new Outdoor Adventure badges, with programming ranging from mountaineering and climbing to backpacking, hiking, and trail running. These 12 new Girl Scout badges, which will roll out over the next two years, will teach girls in virtually every U.S. zip code about the benefits of outdoor exploration. Learn more about this exciting collaboration.

Ten reasons Girl Scouts is (still) the best place for girls

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Every girl deserves a place where she can be her best self and unleash her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. And that place is Girl Scouts! 

Girl Scouts has a track record of more than 100 years of providing extraordinary experiences just for girls. And although girls can choose from many activities and youth programs, there’s only one that’s proven to grow girls into the leaders we need today, tomorrow, and always.

Here are our ten favorite reasons (because we have many!) why all girls deserve a Girl Scout experience.

1. Girl Scouts is a girl-only space, and while that sounds obvious, we mention it because there’s a good reason! Girls have unique developmental needs, and participating in a program tailored to those needs has well-documented benefits. Girl Scouts is, and always has been, the expert on girls.

2. Girl Scouts is SO much more than a single-gender youth program; it’s the only one that’s girl-led! Girls choose the exciting, hands-on activities that interest them most—whether that’s earning badges, exploring the great outdoors, learning business skills while selling Girl Scout Cookies, or making a difference in their community. And together, they learn by doing. 

3. All girls deserve the opportunity to participate in fun, confidence-boosting activities in a judgment-free space, and that’s why Girl Scouts will always be an inclusive, supportive community where girls are free to be who they want. There’s a place for every girl in Girl Scouts, and that’s why you’ll find us in urban, suburban, and rural communities in schools, community centers, and places of worship. 

Our CEO Sylvia Acevedo said it best: “Our role is to support and encourage every girl, not insert ourselves into her spirituality, question her birthplace or family’s country of origin, or concern ourselves with her economic status. We’re not interested in her family’s political beliefs. No matter who she is, she has a home and a safe place at Girl Scouts.”

4. Girl Scouts offers hands-on, girl-centered learning in STEM, which can be a game-changer for many girls. Research shows that Girl Scouts who said they didn’t like math or science at the start of their STEM programs became more positive about these subjects after participating, and 77 percent said that because of Girl Scouts, they’re considering a career in technology. 

5. It’s a fact: companies today seek employees with essential people skills who are prepared to be inspirational, empathetic leaders. Through Girl Scouts, girls discover the importance of teamwork, become creative problem-solvers, and glow with positivity, empowering others to be their best G.I.R.L. selves too—the kind of leader every workplace deserves. 

6. Girl Scouts believe in leaving a place better than you found it, and becoming civically engaged is the first step in fighting injustice and making positive change a reality. There’s nothing more empowering than being a catalyst for change, and through the G.I.R.L. Agenda, girls learn to make their voices heard and to mobilize their community to make the world a better place. 

7. That all-girl environment we mentioned earlier? It’s the most inspiring sisterhood she’ll be part of! Girl Scouts are continually leading amazing initiatives that improve their communities, whether they’re championing ocean conservationfighting child marriage, or enacting a smoking banin their home state. With 1.8 million fellow change-makers to join her, she’ll discover there’s nothing she can’t accomplish!

8. The Girl Scout Gold Award is her chance to make a sustainable, positive impact on her community. But the experience also directly benefits her as she learns valuable community organizing and project-management skills, making her stand out on college applications, earning her scholarships, and enabling her to enter the military one rank higher. Talk about paying it forward!

9. Girl Scout alums break glass ceilings, and it’s easy to see why: the confidence and persistence needed to smash through barriers in the workforce and bust gender stereotypes is rooted in having a girl-only space where girls know anything is possible.

10. Building girls of courage, confidence, and characterisn’t just mission statement fluff; it’s what we live and breathe at Girl Scouts, and the outcomes speak for themselves. Research shows that, compared to their peers, Girl Scouts are more likely than other girls to be leaders.

Bottom line? Girl Scouts is the best leadership development organization for every girl because it’s the place for her to do more than just well—it’s her place to thrive!

Take Girl Scouts’ #gsoutdoors Challenge! Week 2: Rock the lifestyle

From Girl Scouts of the USA

In celebration of National Great Outdoors Month, Girl Scouts is excited to host four weeks of exciting outdoor challenges in June. Follow along, have fun, then make sure to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #gsoutdoors for a chance to win an awesome prize from the North Face!

You know what makes almost any activity more fun? Taking it outside! Enjoying the great outdoors can be done in so many ways—there’s no right or wrong as long as you’re enjoying yourself and respecting your neighbors. The point is to get outside, breathe that fresh air, and have fun with friends and family. To participate in this week’s challenge, pick one of the activities below!

June 9-15:

Throw a picnic.

Whether you pick up sandwiches at the local deli and take them to the park or ask friends to contribute their favorite dishes to a bigger cookout, your day is sure to be delicious.

Plan a field day.

Invite friends to come out for a day full of games and fun. Team up for a soccer match or softball game, see who can score the most points on the basketball court, or find out who can jump-rope the longest.

Sleep under the stars.

Make the great outdoors your actual home for a night or two on a fun camping trip! After all, there’s nothing quite like stargazing right before bed and getting up with the sunrise. Can’t make it to a national park this week? Pitch a tent in your own backyard instead.

Don’t forget to share pics of your adventure on Instagram with the hashtag #gsoutdoors! You could win BIG! 

For more great times, check out all the Outdoor badges you can earn as a Girl Scout! 

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To power the next generation of women who push boundaries and move mountains, The North Face has recently teamed up with Girl Scouts of the USA to inspire girls to challenge themselves, learn about the natural world, and continue the Girl Scout tradition of having life-changing outdoor experiences. 

Through our multiyear collaboration, The North Face will support the development of 12 new Outdoor Adventure badges, with programming ranging from mountaineering and climbing to backpacking, hiking, and trail running. These 12 new Girl Scout badges, which will roll out over the next two years, will teach girls in virtually every U.S. zip code about the benefits of outdoor exploration. Learn more about this exciting collaboration.

Take Girl Scouts’ #gsoutdoors Challenge! Week 1: Go the distance

From Girl Scouts of the USA

In celebration of National Great Outdoors Month, Girl Scouts is excited to host four weeks of exciting outdoor challenges in June. Follow along, have fun, then make sure to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #gsoutdoors for a chance to win an awesome prize from the North Face! 

Girl Scouts will take you far in life, but how far you go during this week’s outdoor adventure is totally up to you! The point is to get outside, breathe that fresh air, and have fun with friends and family. To participate, choose one of the activities below, set a goal for yourself, then get moving! 

June 1-8:

Go on a discovery walk or hike.

Whether you take an after-dinner stroll around your neighborhood with your family or hike to the highest point in your area with friends, take the time to really look at your surroundings and appreciate the world around you. Bring a notebook to jot down details you’d like to read more about online when you get home. Maybe you can figure out what kinds of trees are planted on your street, or learn the name of a bird you encountered on your excursion. 

Run like the wind.

Did you know that working up a sweat can actually boost your mood? It’s true! Lace up those sneakers and hit the track or even just take a few laps around your block. There’s no need to be the fastest or go the farthest—just put one foot in front of the other at your own pace. If it’s especially warm where you live, try running in the morning or in the early evening before sunset. 

Get rolling.

Hop on a bike, strap on some rollerblades, or hit the skate park with your board for an awesome afternoon out. Want to share the fun? Bring along a friend or younger family member who’s been wanting to learn how to ride or skate. 

Don’t forget to share pics of your adventure on Instagram with the hashtag #gsoutdoors! You could win BIG

For more great times, check out all the Outdoor badges you can earn as a Girl Scout! 

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To power the next generation of women who push boundaries and move mountains, The North Face has recently teamed up with Girl Scouts of the USA to inspire girls to challenge themselves, learn about the natural world, and continue the Girl Scout tradition of having life-changing outdoor experiences. 

Through our multiyear collaboration, The North Face will support the development of 12 new Outdoor Adventure badges, with programming ranging from mountaineering and climbing to backpacking, hiking, and trail running. These 12 new Girl Scout badges, which will roll out over the next two years, will teach girls in virtually every U.S. zip code about the benefits of outdoor exploration. Learn more about this exciting collaboration.

Get your Girl Scout outside this summer

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Besides sparking a love of nature and fostering her sense of curiosity about the world, getting girls outside is simply fun! So steal one of these ideas and plan an outdoor adventure with your girl or troop. 

1. Organize a Take Action project. Your girl loves being outside, but what can she do to make the great outdoors even more of a treat? Maybe she could plant flowers to cheer people up at senior centers or clean parks for kids to play in. She’ll love getting her hands dirty and will feel proud of the good work she accomplishes. 

2. Plan a hiking trip. Take a group of girls out in a field or walk up a new trail. Spice things up by helping them set goals. Maybe older girls want to climb a mountain or the younger ones want to learn about new plants they see along their hike. Setting goals is not only a fun way to learn but also gets girls in the habit of staying physically active. 

3. Set up a camp in your backyard. You don’t have to go far to go camping—get creative and bring the camp experience right in your own backyard by setting up a tent. And what’s a campout without some fun activities? Enjoy some stargazing and challenge your girl to map out the stars.

4. Get cooking. Picture this: you and your girl hanging out with friends, relaxing in the sun, and eating good food; sounds like the perfect summer day, doesn’t it? Get inspired by creative recipes to plan your next cookout. 

Want more fun outdoor ideas? Check out our six, simple, and fun ways to explore nature and the outdoors.

Girl Scout alums Katie Couric, Queen Latifah, Melinda Gates, Dolores Huerta, Karlie Kloss, and others remind the world that Girl Scouts grows female leaders who drive powerful change

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) released a new national PSA, “Lifetime of Leadership,” heralding the organization’s legacy of fostering female change-makers and preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. Featuring notable Girl Scout alums in fields such as technology, politics, media, and sports, the PSA showcases the positive change these powerful female leaders have created through activism, speaking up, breaking glass ceilings, and more—and illustrates the importance of Girl Scouts in providing girls with the leadership experiences they need to make their voices heard and effect change.

From philanthropist Melinda Gates and athlete Venus Williams, to supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss, Girl Scout alums highlighted in the PSA have inspired people worldwide. Narrated by Queen Latifah, the PSA also features Dolores Huerta, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Ellen Kuras, Dr. N. Jan Davis, Tyra Banks, Sheryl Crow, Céline Dion, Dakota Fanning, Susan Wojcicki, Senator Susan Collins, and Cassandra Levesque, a 19-year-old Girl Scout alum who worked to ban child marriage in New Hampshire.

“Lifetime of Leadership” brings to life what recent studies have shown: Girl Scouts have better life outcomes than their non–Girl Scout peers. They are more confident, seek challenges to a greater degree, are more active decision-makers, and are more proficient problem-solvers in their communities. The PSA also shows how civic engagement is a core part of the Girl Scout DNA—which is why it premiered today at G.I.R.L. Agenda 2018: Leading Change Through Civic Action. This unique event, which took place in Philadelphia, featured a keynote address from educator and former second lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, and a panel moderated by writer, professor, and television host Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. Thousands of girls and those who care about them joined in-person and virtually for a conversation about preparing girls to lead positive change. The PSA brought to life what a Girl Scout’s leadership journey can look like as she grows into a woman, and it inspired all in attendance to take the lead and take action in support of causes they care about.

“We are proud to premiere our powerful new PSA and showcase the impactful change that Girl Scout alums have created to make the world a better place,” said Sylvia Acevedo, GSUSA CEO. “We know that leadership and meaningful civic action start at a young age—at home, at school, and in local communities. This PSA is a rallying cry for more girls to realize their leadership potential with Girl Scouts. The world is counting on them, and we hope our more than 50 million alums will be inspired to reconnect with us and share their leadership journey with the next generation of girls who will lead our country into the future.”

“I have no doubt that the girls of today will become the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow. Supporting them, empowering them and ensuring they have the opportunities they deserve is good for all of us,” said Dr. Jill Biden. “My Girl Scout experience taught me confidence, perseverance, and gave me skills that inspired me to pursue public service and helped me become a better leader. Girl Scouts is the preeminent organization that gives girls the place and the opportunity to develop their powerful voices.”

The new Girl Scout PSA was created and written by Girl Scout alum, Rachel Howald, founder and CCO, Invisible Man.

To watch the PSA and for more information about Girl Scouts, visit www.girlscouts.org/leadership. To join or volunteer, visit www.girlscouts.org/join.

About the G.I.R.L. Agenda Powered by Girl Scouts

A nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action, the G.I.R.L. Agenda makes expert-curated civic engagement resources, derived from Girl Scouts of the USA’s programming, accessible to all girls, as well as adults. The free tools give hundreds of thousands of girls and adults tangible ways to take civic action on topics of their choosing. To advance the G.I.R.L. Agenda and for tips on leading positive change through civic action, visit www.girlagenda.org.

 

It’s time to be loud and proud Girl Scouts

From Girl Scouts of the USA

No matter how long you were a Girl Scout or where you took part, all alums share the same G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ DNA: the confidence and courage to be leaders and open doors for the next generation. Girl Scout alums, whether globally or in their communities, are doing amazing things to make our world a better place. And we want to share that story, loud and proud! 

Be part of the action, and raise your voice on behalf of all Girl Scouts! We need you to: 

  1. Tune in to our livestream event.
    Join us via livestream on Monday, May 14, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. ET for G.I.R.L. Agenda 2018: Leading Change Through Civic Action. You’ll hear from groundbreaking female leaders, including keynote speaker Dr. Jill Biden, about the importance of civic engagement and celebrate women and girls who have led positive change in government, public policy, and the democratic process.

Watch the livestream

2. Rock your Girl Scout swag.
On Tuesday, May 15, show the world what a Girl Scout alum looks like! Dig out your Girl Scout sash, place your Girl Scout pins on your shirt or blazer, or head to your local council shop to get some Girl Scout gear.

Are your pins hiding somewhere in your attic? Wear green on Tuesday to show your support for the organization that helps girls grow into the leaders we need.

  1. Share your Girl Scout spirit on social.
    Post your favorite empowering memories from Girl Scouts across social media. If you’re a Girl Scout alum on LinkedIn, visit the Girl Scout Network and tell us how your Girl Scout experience helped shape your success!