New Girl Scout badges recognize finance, tech

Helena Oliviero / Cox Newspapers Published Jan 22, 2012 at 04:00AM

ATLANTA — As a Girl Scout, Sandra Kennedy wants to create a comic book, finance her dreams and explore the science of happiness.

Luckily, there are badges for that now.

Girl Scouts USA recently unveiled 136 new badges, giving Scouts a new look — and new direction — in the year of its 100th anniversary. Designed to arm girls with modern-day skills, the insignias include everything from Digital Photography and Science of Style to Social Innovator.

Sandra, who is 12, joins more than 2 million girls across the country on a quest to amass new talents — and new badges.

“I like them a whole lot,” said Sandra who lives in Roswell, near Atlanta. “I think they are very interesting, and I think it will motivate me.”

Many Scouts are in the process of earning the new badges. Still, you may begin to see some of them as Girl Scouts canvass neighborhoods selling cookies.

The annual cookie season kicked off earlier this month and continues through March.

Beth Messer, director of Girl Leadership Experience with the Atlanta region, said the new badges are designed to reflect girls’ evolving interests and the importance of technology and finance in today’s culture. A major update was also long overdue, she said. The last time the badges were overhauled was 1987.