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.
The holiest plant of the Christmas season may be a raggedy shrub with peeling bark that seems to grow best in a dusty backyard in Tempe, Ariz. This is Boswellia sacra, better known as the frankincense tree. The shrub’s gum resin is one of the three biblical gifts that the wise men bestowed on the infant Jesus. Until recently, Americans who wished to cultivate their…
Having a kid has either revived my Christmas spirit or lowered my threshold for excitement. As one who struggles with working-mom guilt, I can't, in good conscience, ditch my 6-year-old on weekends to go skiing or snowboarding by myself, though the thought does cross my mind. So instead, on a recent day off, my husband, daughter and I ventured into the woods to cut down…
If you feel the need for speed but aren't a board rider or downhill skier, tubing could be just the thing. Time was, you blew up an old inner tube and headed into the mountains in search of snow and a likely slope. You'd trudge up the hill, cruise down for all it was worth and hot foot it back uphill. The sweat factor was…
Some people are crafty. Hand them a stack of pine boughs, they'll give you back a wreath. Give them some yarn and a few knitting needles, and they'll make a holiday sweater. The rest of us are not so lucky. Or maybe we are in luck this time of year, because bazaar season is right around the corner. Take a stroll through one of these…
FRESNO, Calif. — Federal law now allows visitors to carry guns in national parks, but you can’t just slip a loaded pistol into your backpack and take a hike. Pay attention, because this is a little complicated. You will need a concealed weapons permit to carry the loaded gun in the backpack. But you don’t need any kind of permit if you just want to…