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August 2019: Badges: More Than Decorations

Oh, those Girl Scout Badges, much sought after and hard earned. That’s my sash in the picture above. I am proud of every badge I earned and sewed on with fishing line, which by the way, does not ensure that they won’t fall off one day! My biggest accomplishment as a girl member was the attainment of Girl Scout’s highest award then called First Class Scout, now called Gold Award. It’s the “Be Prepared” patch and the four pins surrounding it on my sash. The sash is nice as a memento, but the skills and confidence I gained as a Girl Scout that made me a successful adult are the truly priceless keepsakes.

Programs in cybersecurity, mechanical engineering, robotics, space science, environmental stewardship, the outdoors-all developed by GSUSA and implemented locally by GSNEO—are adopted one girl at a time, and the cumulative impact across the United States is striking:

  • More than 3 million badges have been earned this year.
  • In the month of May alone, Girl Scouts earned over 620,000 badges.
  • Since October 2018, in just eight months, girls earned over 75,900 cybersecurity badges. That’s nearly 9,500 a month.
  • From Fiscal Year 2017 to 2018, Girl Scouts earning Outdoor badges increased 28 percent and Girl Scouts earning STEM badges increased 64 percent.

These are incredible numbers—and there’s more to come! Just think of all the impact we are having in giving girls confidence in these fields where women have traditionally been underrepresented and in outdoor adventures that encourage risk-taking and skills mastery. Last month, exciting new badges in High Adventure were launched as well as expanded offerings in computer science with Coding for Good for girls in K–12 and Cybersecurity and Space Science for our older girls. But we are not stopping there! There are plans in the works for even more badges, doubling down on civics programming, with new Democracy badges coming in 2020.

These badges give girls the skills they need to make the changes they want to see in the world so no matter what path they take, our girls will be leading the way.

>> Fishing Fun; Tenille Townes Delivers in Macedonia, Program Center opening Save the Date, Once a Girl Scout Always a Girl Scout ziplining!

June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019

March 8: World Thinking Day activities, Mall Lock-In, Camp Ledgewood Naming Opportunities, Decoding the Digital Girl, more

February 2019

February 15:  Women of Distinction winners; Gold Award Spotlight, Meet a Board Member, STEM Advisory Committee

January 2019

January 11, 2019: Be a Badge Boss, Pixie Plus, FirstEnergy thanks

December 2018

December 2018: The Perfect Gift, Meet a Board Member, Gold Award Highlight  

November 2018

November 2018:  Mysterious Fun, Dessert First Sweet Success, New features on Pixie Plus

October 2018

October 5: Life saving action recognized, Girl Scouts celebrate women, Meet GSNEO Board Member: Robyn Gordon, Grant Highlight: AT&T

September 2018

September 9, 2018: Setting the Record Straight, Ella: Champion of Literacy, Women of Color event, Show your Sash: Ann Manby, Be a Badge Boss!

August 2018

August 3: Thanks to Julianne, Girl Scout Destinations, Tribute to a World Changer, Bee Safe Bronze Award project, Gold Award Spotlight

July 2018

July 6, 2018:  Unleash Strong! Be a Girl Scout, All Aboard the Natuica Queen, Gold Award Glitter, Lunch and Limo, Garden Dedication, Happy 100th Birthday Celebration, Show Your Sash: Diana Selzer

June 2018

June 8, 2018: More than S'mores, Camp Inspires: Check out some end of the year celebrations, A Savannah Send-Off, GSNEO Spotlights, and Count Sheep at Camp Ledgewood

May 2018

May 14, 2018: A Matter of Convenience, GSNEO hits a Bullseye!, Cupcake Wars, A sweet Bronze Award celebration, Celebrating our Volunteers

April 2018

April 6, 2018: The Giving Gap, Donor Spotlight, Women of Distinction tickets available, Peeps Palooza, Pixie Plus

March 2018

March 9, 2018: Girl Scouts is inspiring the next generation of change makers, Going for the Gold Celebrations, Cookie Pros meet the Board of Directors, Visiting the Women in Networking: Cleveland Chapter, more adventures in the community!

February 2018

February 9, 2018: Joining Hands in Friendship to Conquer Fear, World Thinking Day visits, All about Mall Lock-in, Featured Girl Scout Alum, Girl Scout Champion, Town Hall Meetings

January 2018

January 5, 2018: Big (often pretty unrealistic) goals



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