Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) recently made the announcement that 24 new Girl Scout badges are now available for girls to earn, preparing them for a lifetime of leadership in a number of different industries.


The new Girl Scout badges include:


•Entrepreneurship (K-12). Girls develop an entrepreneurial mindset as they engage in age-appropriate exercises that help them create and pitch a product or service that solves a problem.


•STEM Career Exploration (grades 2-8). Girls explore their career interests and connect to STEM fields-particularly computer science, nature/environmental science, engineering, design, health, and agriculture-that can help them address the pressing issues of our time and change the world.


•Automotive Engineering (grades K-5). Girls learn about designing, engineering, and manufacturing vehicles, as well as the future of mobility.


•Civics (grades K-12). Girls gain an in-depth understanding of how local, state, and federal government works, preparing them to be voters, activists, and even political leaders.


"Local Girl Scouts have already explored these topics as well as taken the lead during the current crisis," said Emma Acosta, marketing and communications specialist. "For example, after the cancellations of many robotics competitions, our Lady Cans Girl Scouts robotics team switched gears and used their engineering skills to produce 3D printed face shields for frontline workers. That's why we know encouraging girls to explore and preparing them to excel in a broad range of disciplines will benefit not only the girls - but the world."


The new badges will give girls the chance to prepare for leadership in industries that are more geared toward the male population.


"We try to combat this program very often In all of the programming that we try to provide for members in our community because we see a lot of instances where girls are interested in STEM career fields, but they don’t have the safe place, they don’t see female leaders in that position that they can emulate; it’s very male dominated," said Kayla Robinson, STEM program specialist. "In these different programs – especially geared towards men – we just want to be able to set girls in a path of leadership in one of the key industries that’s going to propel the country. If we can prepare the girls to be comfortable and confident in these activities, then they will be ready to go for their future and leadership."


Robinson encourages non-Girl Scouts to "take the chance" and join this year.


"With 24 new badges to offer, this is the perfect time to join Girl Scouts," she said. "With the impact of COVID, we’ve changed gears a whole lot to be able to accommodate the families and our members, so if the people in the Stephenville community have time to check out some of these new badges, we are hosting mystery badge programs that will release each of these new badges week after week. We’re really excited to get people involved with these programs."


For more information, visit www.gsctx.org.