Girl Scouts Offers Leadership, Technology Opportunities

By Charles Bolinger
Edwardsville Intelligencer, Ill.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Girl Scouts can now choose among nine cybersecurity badges, funded by Palo Alto Networks, and three space science badges, funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute.


When someone says, ‘Girl Scouts,’ many people think of cookies, camping or crafts. While those are all things in which Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSofSI) participate, the group strives to showcase all the attributes it has to offer.

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. That is the organizational mission statement and it is true, according to Kim Vrooman, GSofSI’s director of communications.

Vrooman said her council was selected as only one out of four of all GS Councils to send girls to the Council on the State of Women at the United Nations in New York, New York this year. The council also had five Governor’s Service State of IL Award Winners this year.

Vrooman said Girl Scouts is the world’s largest leadership development organization for girls.

In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives — strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

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