As I write this blog, it is the last week of September – only 5 days away from the beginning of the new Girl Scout year. I am so excited for the coming fiscal year, as it is bringing some great new things to our movement!
The coming year brings focus and a refresh to girl program with new badges and enhanced Journeys. We are very excited to have updated core curriculum as well as new resources in STEM, entrepreneurship, outdoor experience and life skills to bring to troops and girls. Our Council will be finding new ways to bring these tools to life – so be on the lookout as we focus our Council sponsored programs and events in the coming year.
We’ll also leverage this focus in other ways like creating a better tie between the core tenants of entrepreneurship with the Fall Product program, and spotlighting careers in STEM at the Girl Leadership Summit. In everything we do, we want to highlight these four niches – as areas that girls are most interested in exploring, and as skills and experiences that transform girls into go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. I hope that our troop leaders will also encourage girls to pursue opportunities to explore these areas – for fun and growth!
I am especially excited about the new Outdoor STEM Journey, Think Like a Citizen Scientist. Girls will have the opportunity to bridge their interests in the outdoor and science by making observations, collecting data, and working with scientists who provide feedback on research and findings. Girls will also complete a Take Action project and see the results of their efforts come to life. A new badge program in mechanical engineering gives girls hands-on engineering experiences, such as building and testing rollercoasters, racecars, and gliders. There is even more stuff that is exciting on the way for our girls to experience!
You can find information on the new badge programs on the Volunteer Toolkit (not sure what the Volunteer Toolkit is? Call Customer Care for more details!) and badge kits are available at each of our Juliette’s Closet locations.