Pam Kovacevich: Today’s Girl Scout is about much more than cookies, camp and crafts
At Girl Scouts, we encounter women every day, from all walks of life, who have fond childhood memories, including a Girl Scout camp-out or a year when she may have been a super seller in her troop’s cookie program. Inevitably, we hear about the Girl Scout leadership experiences which contributed to a lifetime of success as business leaders and community servants.
As we share today’s leadership experience–focusing on building girls of courage, confidence and character through programs such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), environmental education, financial literacy, healthy living, travel and the arts–these same women marvel how times have changed, but the fabric of Girl Scouting remains intact.
When today’s girls graduate from college, the U.S. will need 3 million more scientists and engineers. However, women account for fewer than 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science and physics. Research shows that by middle school girls begin to shy away from STEM subjects.