This summer, GSUSA is rolling out new Journeys in the Volunteer Toolkit with a focus on the four pillars, specifically outdoors and STEM. This new programming will add on to the choices that girls and volunteers already have. All badges and Journeys (whether new or old) will be topic-specific, include hands-on activities, and incorporate Discover, Connect and a Take Action project. Details and roll-out dates for the new content are still being finalized, but we'll be sure to keep you updated as more information is available. In the meantime, check out the information below to learn more.
Themes for the new content will include:
- Outdoor: Outdoor Skills, Outdoor Adventure, Environmental Skills
- STEM: Think Like an Engineer, Think Like a Programmer, Think Like a Citizen Scientist
For Back to Troop, the following badges will be available on the VTK and for purchase in council shops:
- Daisy Outdoor badge
- Daisy Citizen badge
- Girls’ Choice Troop Camping badges for Daisy-Ambassador (C/S/A content to be available on VTK as PDF resources)
- Robotics - Three progressive badges for each level for Daisy-Junior
Q: When will this new content be available?
A. The exact release dates are still being determined, but according to GSUSA, the content will be released in summer 2017.
Q. What are the “four pillars”?
A. The four pillars are: STEM, Outdoor, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship.
Q. When will there be an updated badge chart?
A. We will have an updated badge log available by Fall 2017.
Q: Will there be multi-level versions of the new content?
A: Yes! Some of the new content will have a multi-level version. More details will be coming soon.
Q: What STEM subjects will be covered?
A: Four STEM subjects will be covered for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors: Engineering, computer science, outdoor STEM, and robotics. GSUSA will release Journeys and badges in these same topics for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and multi-level in 2018.
Q: What Outdoor topics will be covered in the new programming?
A: Outdoor skills, troop camping, and outdoor adventure
Q: Are the new outdoor programs K–12?
A: Yes, they are—along with a guide for multi-level troop leaders. There will be a multi-level guide for D/B/J and one for C/S/A.
Q. What type of training will be provided for volunteers?
A. GSWPA is planning to hold a volunteer webinar in late August to show off all the new opportunities for leaders and girls. Fall kickoffs will also dive deeper into the new content and how to use it with your girls.