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Vote for the Next Girl Scout Badge!

November 9, 2015

Girls' Choice 2.0 Voting Opens Today

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

How do we keep up with girls today?  We ask girls what they want to do – and they tell us!  Girl Scouts is where girls decide what adventure to go on next! Girls choose anything and everything in Girl Scouts from their next meeting topic, community service project, how to spend their cookie proceeds, where to camp, and even what badges they want to earn.

Because Girl Scouts is led by and for girls, that’s why girls will choose which badges should be added to the National Program Portfolio. That’s right!  Girls’ Choice badges are back, and we’re SO excited! As part of the girl-led badge-creation process, we will offer new badges for Brownies through Ambassadors.  This year, girls vote for one of three awesome badge categories (Outdoor, STEM, or Financial Literacy) and then they vote on which badge-earning skill they want to learn for that category.

Here’s a quick run down of the the badge categories and category topics girls can vote for through November 15th!

The first category is OUTDOORS where girls will explore:

  • Art in the Outdoors
  • Camping Skills
  • Outdoor Cooking

The second category is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) where girls will explore:

  • Engineering
  • Coding/E-textile
  • Life/Forensic Science

And the final category is FINANCIAL LITERACY where girls will explore:

  • Financing Your Fun Stuff
  • Watching Your Dollars Grow
  • Social Entrepreneurship

The new Girls’ Choice badges will be full of big learning, fun and adventure – they’re so Girl Scouts! Last year, girls cast over 80,000 votes to select the winning badges and, with your help in spreading the word, we hope to have even more girls share their voices this year. Voting is open October 31 through November 15. Learn more now!

Girls will have the say. Will Outdoors, STEM, or Financial Literacy win? The choice is hers. Voting only takes a minute, so don’t let your Girl Scout miss her chance to choose the next national badge. Encourage every Girl Scout you know to share her voice and vote today.


Having It All

May 6, 2013

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

Girls today reflect a new generation of financially empowered and independent citizens. An overwhelming majority of girls feel gender is not a barrier to what they can accomplish financially. But is the world ready to support today’s girls?

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As it now stands, students receive little financial education at school and have repeatedly failed broad tests measuring their mastery of basic personal finance and economic concepts. Just 14 states require high schools to offer a course in personal finance, according to the Council for Economic Education, and even fewer require students to take such a course in order to graduate.

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In an ever-changing economy and world, financial skills are leadership skills. As the premier leadership organization for girls, Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines helps girls build financial experience, confidence, and independence by providing them with resources focused on everything from saving money, developing strong credit, and minimizing debt, to philanthropic giving and financing their dreams.

Women now represent half of the workforce in the United States, and more than half of the country’s college students and graduates are women. Thus, the potential for women to hold leadership positions in business, entertainment, academia, and politics is high.

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But while progress has been made, there is still a shortage of women in leadership roles. As of 2012, women made up 18.3 percent of the U.S. Congress, and 23.4 percent of statewide elective executive offices. Only 3.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs were women, and women made up 16.6 percent of corporate boards.

Girl Scouts is committing to the financial empowerment of all girls. Our shift from simple fundraising to financial education has been underway for some time and continues to bolster the relevance of Girl Scouting to today’s girls. The current economic recession and resulting awareness of how important financial literacy is for all youth—especially girls—has given our approach a real charge.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy, girls are quite clear that they need and want financial literacy skills to help them achieve their dreams, with 90 percent saying it is important for them to learn how to manage money. However, just 12 percent of girls surveyed feel confident in making financial decisions.

It is up to all of us at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Pines to ensure today’s girls are developing the financial savvy, business skills, and innovative thinking that will position them to be leaders in their own lives and in the world at large.

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Please join us in helping girls be prepared for their futures.


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