Applaud the Girl Scouts Gaming Achievement Patch

Girl Scouts

Target: Lise Luttgens, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Goal: Support exposing young girls to traditionally male-dominated professions.

The Girl Scouts of America recently developed a new game design merit badge to introduce young women to the business of technology and gaming. Please sign this petition and support expanding opportunities for women in technology by introducing them to the industry through the Girl Scouts of America.

In partnership with Women In Games International (WIGI), the Girl Scouts of America are taking advantage of the expanding roles available to women in the field of technology and gaming. The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles recently introduced a new patch to award young girls working in game design. After more than a year of working together, the WIGI and members of the California chapter have established a new game design merit system. The patch and corresponding merit achievements will introduce young girls to video game development as a career choice for the future. The program will require Girl Scout members to actually lean how to program for games rather than just design them.

For now the badge is not recognized nationally and will only be offered in Los Angeles. Sheri Rubin, a member of WIGI’s steering committee is hoping to bring the opportunity to other local chapters across the United States. “Our plan is to start by working with the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles to introduce a local patch and once successful, open it up to other councils where game developers are prevalent,” Rubin added. “Once our patch has been proven effective we will work to create what is necessary to get a nationally recognized badge in place for all Girl Scouts starting with those in 4th through 6th grade and eventually expanding through all levels encompassing 7th through 12th grade,” Rubin said.

Please sign this petition and support the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles as they introduce and foster girls’ interest in the field of technology and gaming. Encourage the patch to become nationally recognized, thus expanding the opportunity to more young women.

PETITIONL LETTER:

Dear Ms. Luttgens,

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles recently introduced a new merit patch to encourage female participation in the male dominated technology and gaming industry. I am writing to support the new merit and forethought that went into choosing an industry underrepresented by women. The Girl Scout mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place, is upheld by the inclusion of this opportunity and industry. Hopefully the merit patch will soon be accepted nationally as a merit badge, thus exposing more young women to opportunities in technology and gaming.

In partnership with Women In Games International (WIGI), the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles introduced the new patch to award work in game design. For more than a year the two organizations have been working to develop a game design merit system for members of the local California chapter. The program will require Girl Scouts to actually learn how to program for games, rather than just design them. The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles will use a custom version of Gamestar Mechanic, a video game published by partner organization E-Line that teaches children how to design their own video games, to track Girl Scout members’ progress, and start to build their own games.

Once the patch and corresponding merit achievements have proven effective, organizers will work to expand the program to local chapters and eventually get a nationally recognized badge in place. Thank you for providing this opportunity for young women and allowing them a greater chance to succeed in a male-dominated field.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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