Leadership in Girl Scouts hasn’t just been sitting back, waiting for things to settle down so traditional Girl Scout meetings and activities can resume.
The organization has created 24 badges at various age levels in the fields of automotive engineering, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — career exploration, entrepreneurship and civics; all fields traditionally dominated by men.
The entrepreneurship badges, designed for all ages, allow girls to brainstorm solutions and create and market products to achieve those solutions. STEM career exploration is just that: Girls in grades two through eight can look ahead to the possibilities of making STEM careers their own.
Girls in kindergarten through fifth grade learn more about how a vehicle works, then can design their own with future needs and uses in mind. They figure out how it can be built and sold. Civics – again for all age levels – gets girls into the intricacies of becoming politically active, whether they intend to be activists and run for an office, or just intelligent voters.
Virtual resources will be made available so Girl Scouts and their leaders or parents don’t have to wait for organized activities to resume. Check with your local council or service unit to find out how to get started.
Good luck and good hunting to our future local, national and world leaders.
Another opportunity for Girl Scouts: Mystery badges.
Starting Monday, you can go to www.gsctx.org and look under the Events tab to work on a mystery badge. Just find the appropriate age program and register. I’m not sure if you can register the day of the event, but try it out, and get registered now for future badges.
There is a whole list of virtual events on the site. Look them over and stay active in the Girl Scout program until you can meet face-to-face once more.
- Girl Scout office in Brownwood, and all Girl Scout activities in Girl Scouts of Central Texas, involving more than 10 people closed/cancelled through Aug. 31. Events with 10 or less may proceed. Curbside service now available at council offices. www.gsctx.org/contactus or 1-800-733-0011.
- Girl Scout office in Abilene, and all Texas Oklahoma Plains council facilities closed until further notice. Curbside pickup available. [email protected] or 1-800-582-7272.
- Learn about Girl Scouts and how to join each Thursday at 7 p.m. Join virtually at gs-top.org. Click on “Advanced search”, then the “Virtual join events” tab. Registration information is under “Join events for girls.”
- KinderCamp, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday-Thursday, The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St. (virtual camp). For children entering kindergarten. $70; $50 for Grace members. Register at thegracemuseum.org. 325-673-4587. Note: Other Grace Museum camps also available but at full capacity. Check the website to get on waiting list.
- Boy Scout Order of the Arrow fellowship, Aug. 14-16, Camp Tonkawa. $20; $40 for ordeal candidates, $50 for brotherhood candidates ($5 late fee after Friday). Sign up at texastrailsbsa.com. [email protected]
- Registration for Abilene Performing Arts Company began Aug. 1. Classes (various dance styles, jazz, stage performance or preschool) begin Aug. 24. Text 325-721-4884 for information on signing up.
Contact Carl Kieke at 325-673-3552; or [email protected] Deadline is Monday for publication the following Monday.
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