The Boy Scouts of America announced they were adding a video game design patch to their merit badges at SXSW last month. The Girl Scouts are following suit – as they should! Women in Games International has teamed up with the Los Angeles chapter of the organization to develop the program. It will be a bit different from the one for the Boy Scouts in that it will focus specifically on video game development as opposed to video games in general.
“Our ultimate goal is to create a STEM-aligned video game badge for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America,” said Amy Allison, vice president at WIGI. “Creating this badge will get young girls excited in technology and science and let them know that they, too, can have a career in the video game industry.”
They will be using an educational tool called Gamestar Mechanic to encourage the scouts to make their own games; the producers of the software are going to provide a made-to-order program to meet the Girl Scouts’ requirements.
The above image is of the badge used for the Boy Scouts; I imagine the Girl Scouts will have something different.