Girl Scouts of the USA
The Girl Scouts aim to empower girls and to help teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, and citizenship through activities including camping, community service, learning first aid, and earning badges by acquiring other practical skills. Girl Scouts' achievements are recognized through rank advancement and by various special awards. Girl Scouts welcomed girls with disabilities early in their history, at a time when they were not included in most other activities.
Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults, a significant growth from its modest beginnings nearly a century ago. In fact, more than 59 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae. Girl Scouts of the USA invites everyone to learn about its robust organization and its rich history. From its willingness to tackle important societal issues, to its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and STEM education — Girl Scouts of the USA is dedicated to every girl, everywhere.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
STEM Proficiency Badges
With over 30 badges in STEM-related activities for Girl Scouts at all levels ages 5-18, girls are encouraged to explore the many ways in which STEM fields relate to their lives.
- Science and Technology
- Digital Art
- Financial Literacy
The Girl Scout Research Institute - Generation STEM “What Girls Saying About Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
The study’s participants included more than 1000 girls across the nation and used qualitative and quantitative research to determine the opinions of girls on STEM issues. (See STEM Results Profile for more details)
IMAGINE: Your STEM Future
In partnership with AT&T the program is designed to reach 6,000 High School girls and introduce them to a variety of career options in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. AT&T's contribution is among the largest gifts ever made to Girls Scouts of the USA going toward STEM programs.
The Imagine Engineering workshop encourages girls ages 13–17 to pursue careers in engineering. Even though young girls and boys are exposed to identical coursework, women are far less likely to choose careers in engineering than men are. By eighth grade, girls are half as likely to show an interest in engineering careers, and their confidence in math is lower than that of boys, despite similar abilities.
Girl Scouts from six U.S. councils are exploring the importance of energy efficiency and conservation and discovering ways to make an impact on the environment through a grant project funded by Trane/Ingersoll Rand, the leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services.
Journey and Connect Through Technology
The "Journey and Connect Through Technology" program from the Dell Powering the Possible Youth Learning Initiative. The program will engage underserved girls in Information and Technology (ICT) and STEM skills, while developing Be The Video Game Designer, an interactive experience that will be made available on the Girl Scouts website.
First Robotics Program
Motorola Solutions Foundation has awarded a two-year grant totaling $500,000, enabling 40 councils to fund more than 150 teams that serve approximately 1,000 girls competing in FIRST Robotics events.
The Flying Monkeys, a team of Girl Scouts from Ames, Iowa, sponsored by both United Technology Corporation and Motorola Solutions Foundation, won the $20,000 X Prize Global Innovation Award, covering a patent for the invention of a prosthetic hand that helped a young, physically challenged girl write for the first time.