Craft and Tinker
This badge teaches Girl Scouts how to craft new objects to improve their functionality. By tapping into their imagination, Girl Scouts will see that they can make crafts from almost anything, including recycled materials found around their house, by turning milk cartons into paper or using egg cartons as pots for plants. In doing so, they’ll learn how to create with users in mind, then ask for feedback from others to further improve their creations.
Create and Innovate
Girl Scouts have big dreams and ideas they want to bring to life. Through this badge, they’ll tap into their creativity and develop business skills while learning more about how their big ideas can impact the world around them. Whether it’s diving into an at-home science project or creating something to benefit the entire STEM community, Girl Scouts will unlock their inner innovator, learn the design thinking process and understand how to share their creations with the world.
Stanley Black & Decker Funded and Helped Develop Badges to Inspire Girls to Consider the Trades
“Girl Scouts are innovators and change-makers. These badge experiences will inspire them to harness their creativity and explore new interests while providing fun and engaging ways for them to strengthen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of GSUSA. “We’re so grateful to Stanley Black & Decker for their partnership on this exciting programming that enables today’s Girl Scouts to discover the potential they have to excel and thrive in non-traditional fields.”
Overall, women are underrepresented in the trades, currently making up only four percent of the workforce. According to research by Stanley Black & Decker, only 16 percent of students are likely to pursue a career in skilled trades, an industry facing an unprecedented shortage of workers as boomers begin to retire.
“Our partnership with GSUSA will help shape the next generation of tradespeople,” said Karen Price-Ward, director of Social Impact at Stanley Black & Decker. “Earning a Maker badge could be the spark that empowers a young girl to consider pursuing a future career in the trades. At Stanley Black & Decker, we are setting our sights on constructing a better future that can uplift hardworking people like the Girl Scouts who help to build tomorrow’s leaders.”
For more information on the Maker badges and the Life Skills program, visit girlscouts.org.