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EARLY YEARS: Girl Scouts now have more of a say in how they earn their badges

CEO Nikki Williams shows off some of the new Girl Scout badges
CEO Nikki Williams shows off some of the new Girl Scout badges(WDBJ)
Published: Jul. 23, 2019 at 11:19 AM EDT
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Girl Scouts isn't just about selling cookies.

It teaches girls how to help make the world better

Now Girl Scouts in our hometowns will now have more of a say in how they earn their badges.

"The world is changing, girls are changing, the way they learn is changing," says Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council CEO Nikki Williams.

The Girl Scouts is rolling with those changes, revealing 42 new badges for kindergartners to high school seniors.

They'll allow girls to explore topics like high adventure in the outdoors, coding, space science and even cybersecurity.

"What's really great about these new badges and opportunities is that it gives the girls an option to make choices as to which badge their interested in earning and which route they want to take to get there," says Williams.

Williams adds that these options fit into the current climate of female empowerment, especially at a younger age.

Part of preparing girls for a bright future is placing a focus on STEM subjects.

"Research tells us that only about 11% of high school girls are actually interested in pursuing a STEM career, which is a staggering low number in my mind," Williams says.

From inspiring an interest in key career fields, to making the girls a productive part of the community, the Girl Scouts is about having fun while raising future leaders.

Williams says the start of the school year is the perfect time to join.

"We want them to think about what they're interested in doing, if they want to be a leader, they want to learn to empower themselves regardless of what room they're in or what situation they're in. This is the place to do it."

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