The Girl Scouts have 30 new badges that concentrate on science, technology, engineering and math. It is the largest rollout of new goals in nearly a decade.
This month the Girl Scouts presented the latest 36 badges and Journeys in a rollout of 60-plus that began last July.The 106-year-old organization is keeping up with the times, CEO Sylvia Acevedo said. “Across the country, people are having powerful conversations about the increasingly strong voice of young people who want to change the world and the lack of women in leadership positions in the United States — two topics Girl Scouts is uniquely positioned to address.”The new programming includes badges for space science, and the organization says that nearly every woman who has been an astronaut was a Girl Scout.Other areas of programming include environmental stewardship, cybersecurity, robotics and computer programming. With so much high-tech education, one wonders if the Scouts famous cookies might be delivered by drones.Scouting reportIn June, the Cub Scouts (ages 5-10) began admitting girls in separate dens.In February, the Boy Scouts of America (ages 11-17) will begin admitting female scouts in separate troops. The organization is not changing its name, just the scouting program name for older youth will be known as Scouts BSA.
Here are the new badges:
Scoutings declineThe Boy and Girl Scouts are now in competition for members and faced with a common problem: There are fewer kids in the U.S. than 20 years ago.In 2017, the National Center for Health Statistics said the birth rate in the U.S. was the lowest its ever been. The number of births each year has been on the decline since 2007.Girl Scouts: In 2015 there were 1.88 million Girl Scouts and more than 784,000 volunteers for a total of 2.67 million people. Membership was down 5.3 percent from 2014.Boy Scouts: Membership has been on the decline as well. In 2012 the organization had 2.8 million members and dropped to 2.2 million in 2016.