Special to the Herald
Becoming a Girl Scout now includes learning new skills and technical tasks in preparation for careers in engineering, science and computer technology.
To this end, Girl Scout troops throughout Connecticut are adding new disciplines to their programs and seeking volunteers to help teach these skills.
The Girl Scouts have introduced 30 new badges in areas including cybersecurity, environment, mechanical engineering, computer science and space.
Badges were introduced for girls in all age groups.
Some of the badges for grades 6 and up include the Girl Scouts’ first badge series that focuses on environmental advocacy. Those badges involve preparing outdoor experiences and finding solutions that address problems in nature.
An entire badge series on robots that was previously introduced for kindergarten through fifth-grade last year is now available for grades 6 to 12, too.
The series trains girls to program and design robots.
A new series exclusive to girls in grades 11 and 12 is dedicated to researching the admission process for college. This includes learning about the financial aid process and selecting the right school.
For girls in grades 5 and below, there is now an environmental stewardship badge series on respecting the outdoors and a cybersecurity series about age-appropriate online safety and privacy.
Also, the mechanical engineering badges that were open to grade 3 and below are now open to grades 4 and 5.
“Because of Girl Scouts and its safe, all-girl space, girls develop important skills including confidence and perseverance and set themselves up for success and to take action for a better world,” said Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby. “Today’s youth are more vocal than ever about the change they want to see, and Girl Scouts are the most equipped with the skills needed to make a real impact.”
Adults who want to volunteer to help Girl Scouts earn some badges are asked to visit GSofCT.org/join.