You may have heard in the news that Girlguiding are looking to inspire girls and young women into STEM by introducing new interest badges. This is, without a doubt, fantastic news. The interest badge system has been a backbone of both Scouting and Guiding since they began as a way of encouraging young people to try new things. So, helping Guides explore these skills with new badges is a great step forward.
Or is it? The BBC article pokes gentle fun at the old-fashioned image of Guiding with the journalist’s memories of badges for tying knots and table-laying: “Fast forward some 25 years and it’s clear much has changed”1 Continue reading Girlguiding STEM badges – great news, but a generation late in the reporting