The Girl and Boy Scouts foster values in kids by helping them master basic tasks. Over the decades, these organizations have wisely updated the skills they teach to reflect the needs of the modern world. While starting a fire with a couple of sticks or engaging in community work are all great things for kids, learning how to get into the multi-billion dollar video game industry might prove to be very valuable as well.
Last month, the Boy Scouts unveiled a Game Design merit badge that awards scouts for achievements in both analog and digital game design. And now the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) have introduced a video game design patch specifically aimed at STEM-aligned video game design.
The GSGLA has teamed up with Women In Games International (WIGI) to encourage girls to become part of the video game industry. As reported by GirlGamer, scouts will earn the patch via achievements in Gamestar Mechanic, a video game design education system aimed at kids. E-Line, the publisher behind Gamestar has agreed to work with WIGI to create a version of the system specifically tailored to the Girl Scout patch requirements.
The male-dominated video game industry could certainly stand to be more inclusive. Fortunately, as history as shown time and again, when we start encouraging and educating girls as a young age, things can begin to change very fast.