The times they are a-changin' and changin' with the times are the Girl Scouts. First, they let boys in, and then this: redesigned merit badges that are more relevant to today's modern world.
Beth Teitell of The Boston Globe explains:
Ruth Bramson, the chief executive of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, wants to make one thing clear. “We’ll never give up the cookie badge.’’
But as Girl Scouts of the USA prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the organization has revamped its badge lineup, and some - Looking Your Best, and From Fitness to Fashion, among them - have gotten the ax. Others, such as the cookie badge, made the cut, albeit with makeovers.
And some of the 136 badges sound more like topics trending on Twitter than something a fresh-faced girl would pin on her sash.
There’s a Good Credit badge and a Money Manager badge, Locavore, Website Designer, and Netiquette badges, a Science of Happiness badge, and, as a component of a cookie-badge program that has been expanded, a Customer Loyalty badge.
At a time when girls have many extracurricular options, the wide-ranging revamp - the first in 25 years - is an attempt to stay relevant.
See also: 10 Unexpected Merit Badges