Girl Scouts still are building campfires and selling cookies. But now they're also earning badges in 21st-century skills like digital moviemaking and website design.
For the first time in decades, the Girl Scouts of the USA has overhauled the system of badges that girls can earn, just in time for the organization's centennial next year.
Goodbye, "Looking Your Best." Hello, "Netiquette," "Geocacher" and "Locavore."
The makeover is designed to make badges more relevant to today's girls "and set them up for success down the line," said Sara Danzinger, public relations manager for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.
"What's super interesting is all the web-based ones," Danziger said.
Girl Scout Taylor McCanna, 17, of St. Louis Park, Minn., likes the new offerings. "There's more maturity to the badges," she said.
Even longtime badges, such as "Photography," which McCanna earned, are "more holistic" in their requirements, she said. "There's more of the science behind it now."
And although she's is in her last year with the pro-gram and her badge-earning days are nearly over, she's "greatly jealous" of younger Scouts who can take advantage of the new lineup, she said.
Girl Scouts still can earn longtime "legacy badges" that remain relevant, including "Cook," "First Aid" and "Naturalist," Danzinger said. "And some of the badges are still traditional, like 'Dinner Party,' everyone wants to have their friends over."
But there's also a series of financial literacy badges, including "Money Manager," "Budgeting," "Financing My Future" and "Good Credit." And even the cookie-related badges have a biz-school vibe: "Meet My Customers," "Business Plan" and "Customer Loyalty."