Girl scouts now have the opportunity to earn 28 new badges focused on entrepreneurship, math in nature and digital leadership, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and Girl Scouts of the USA announced Tuesday.
The badges will help girls handle the digital world, learn safe practices online, develop an entrepreneurial mindset toward technology, learn math skills while exploring nature, and "navigate our ever-changing world and build the futures they want to see," GSUSA Interim CEO Judith Batty said in a Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland news release.
"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," she said. "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."
The Math in Nature badge, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, will allow girls in grades kindergarten through five to explore nature as they learn math concepts by discovering shapes and patterns in natural objects, learning about symmetry and tessellation, and mastering time and measurement theories. After learning these concepts, the scouts will design nectar feeders, trail maps, and other outdoor tools and essentials.
The Cookie Business badges, for grades K-12, allow girls to think beyond the storefront as more businesses shift their models and rely more on technology. The badges will help girls think like entrepreneurs as they run their own cookie businesses and incorporate online sales using the Digital Cookie or Smart Cookies platforms. The badges progress from setting goals and effectively pitching sales in person and online to using market research, creating business plans and implementing digital marketing campaigns.
The Digital Leadership badges, sponsored by Instagram, will allow girl scouts in grades K-12 to explore what a leader is — online and in their everyday lives. These badges, designed to support and motivate girls as they navigate the digital world, will teach girls how to be online in a responsible and safe way, manage their well-being online, balance their time on and offline, and deal with issues like misinformation, clickbait and biases in advertising. After discovering how to use technology to connect and lead, girl scouts will use those skills to become digital activists themselves by using technology to connect with others on social issues and causes they care about.
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