The 2017-18 Girl Scout year is kicking off with new and exciting things for both girl and volunteers! The new Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) officially launches for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia on August 14 and will make leading a troop much easier for volunteers. There are also new and exciting program offerings coming for girl members – 4 new Journeys and 23 new badges. Many of the Journeys will focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as well as the outdoors. These new Journeys are adding on to the choices that girls and volunteers already have. Every Journey (whether new or old) is topic-specific, includes hands-on activities and incorporates a Discover, Connect and a Take Action project.
Here’s a peek at some of the new content from GSUSA:
Engineering | Think Like an Engineer Girls learn how to think like a designer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project.
DEVELOPED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WGBH/DESIGN SQUAD. DAISY THROUGH JUNIOR, MULTI-LEVEL (K–5)
Computer Science | Think Like a Programmer Girls participate in interactive computational-thinking activities to learn how programmers solve problems. Girls also complete a Take Action project.
DEVELOPED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CODE.ORG. DAISY THROUGH JUNIOR, MULTI-LEVEL (K–5)
Outdoor STEM | Think Like a Citizen Scientist Girls learn the scientific method by undertaking a citizen science project that involves making observations, collecting data, and working with scientists to receive feedback on research and findings. Girls also complete a Take Action project.
DEVELOPED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SCISTARTER. DAISY THROUGH JUNIOR, MULTI-LEVEL (K–5)
Outdoor Anchored by the Troop Camping badge, this new Journey will deepen girls’ outdoor skills through badges that lead to a Take Action project and inspire girls to take an interest in environmental stewardship.
DAISY THROUGH AMBASSADOR
Engineering | Robotics Girls design their own robots after learning how they’re built and programmed. “Unplugged” activities allow girls to earn badges without buying kits.
DAISY THROUGH JUNIOR
Engineering | Mechanical Engineering Girls complete hands-on engineering activities, such as building and testing roller coasters, race cars, and jumping robots.
DEVELOPED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOLDIEBLOX. DAISY THROUGH BROWNIE
Girls’ Choice | Troop Camping This year, girls from across the United States had the chance to vote for their favorite badge category and topic. And the winner is…Troop Camping!
DAISY THROUGH AMBASSADOR
New Daisy Badges Two new Daisy badges, Outdoor Art Maker and Good Neighbor, give Daisies a chance to get in on the creativity other Girl Scouts already enjoy and discover all about their school, city or town, and state!