We work at "girl speed," which in my world is often really fast. As we work to attract girls to the pre-eminent girl leadership program in the world, we are asking for girls' input. At the recent GSUSA National Convention, there was considerable work done around girls' outdoor experience and what they want in a changing world of outdoor opportunities.
GSUSA is rolling out four new outdoor badges next year. As a part of that process, we are asking girls to vote for what they prefer to be involved in. The first vote by girls will be around what content area the badges should be in. The choices are Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Environment, or Outdoor Survival. Voting on that extends until November 30, and this can be done by going to Girls Choice - Outdoor Badge Voting. Please encourage their girls to voice their opinion!
Once the results are in from girls on the content area, then they will propose various possibilities within that area for girls to vote on, such as hiking, camping, trail blazing, etc. The voting for that will run from December 1 - December 31, 2014. We want to provide girls with the opportunities to learn and develop they outline. We also want to continue to work at girl speed and make the Girl Scout Leadership Experience one they have a voice in.
Let your voice be heard, go to Girls Choice Outdoor Badge Voting to vote on the content areas before November 30. Once the content area is identified, return to vote on the actual badge topic. The final results will be announced on March 15, 2015.
Thank you for your input.