Get ready for some tech-savvy cookie peddlers. On the heels of their 100th anniversary, The Girl Scouts of the USA are revamping their badges to include subjects like digital filmmaking and website design.
The move, which marks the first major update of badges since 1987, aims to address sociology researcher Kathleen Denny's claims that the Girl Scouts manual contains gender stereotypes. For instance, the group is swapping out its "Fashion, Fitness and Make-Up" badge for "Science of Style." Meaning, rather than playing Pretty Pretty Princess, girls will be studying the nanotechnology of fabrics and chemistry of sunscreen.
Alisha Niehaus, executive editor in charge of program resources for Girl Scouts of the USA, had this to say about the overhaul:
"We kept some favorites but added new ones that will help girls build the leadership skills they'll need for the 21st century… Girls asked for more challenge and more creativity. They asked for fun with purpose."
Other new badges include product design, "locavore" (local food) awareness, financial literacy, public policy, and "Science of Happiness." No word yet on whether the Boy Scouts of America has updated its "Chewing Wad" and "Shootin' Shit" badges.