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Girl Scouts take part in many different classes to earn a variety of financial literacy badges.

Girl Scouts take part in many different classes to earn a variety of financial literacy badges.

Young Americans Center for Financial Education has a variety of community partners that collaborate to help each other. One of those partnerships that has developed in recent years is with the Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The Girl Scouts

A little bit of Girl Scouts’ history: In 2012, the Girl Scouts of America celebrated their 100th anniversary!  Founded by Juliette Gordon Low, also known as “Daisy” in Savannah,  a troop of eighteen girls was first assembled in 1912, among them Low’s niece.  Girl Scouts of America has since reached roughly three million members nationwide, and expanded to 92 countries worldwide.  Through “enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips… Girl Scouting helps girls … develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making.” (girlscouts.org).

Some of this development in decision-making is related to financial literacy, and that is why Young Americans has become a key partner. Young Americans Center offers outreach on select Saturdays to teach scouts ranging in age from five to 14.  These classes give the scouts an opportunity to learn valuable lessons, and earn participation badges while doing so. The badges available for Daisies are called Money Counts and Making Choices; for Brownies, the Philanthropist Badge and the Money Manager Badge can be earned; for Juniors, the classes offered go toward the Business Owner and Savvy Shopper badges; and lastly, the Cadettes can earn a Budgeting Badge.

Class content

The youngest girls served are the Daisies. Their classes involve lessons in “Wants and Needs,” “Setting Savings Goals,” and “Doing my Part.” This group designs their own money, and learns a bit about the history of money. Scouts, ages seven to nine, typically are classified as Brownies. This group builds on wants and needs, in order to develop a budget.  Brownies learn about money management and how sharing their money can benefit their community. Since philanthropy directly relates to the Girl Scouts’ mission to help those in need, the troop leader often schedules follow-up to this lesson, putting their knowledge to use with local charities. The Junior scouts are taught about entrepreneurship, recognizing business opportunities, and what is involved in being a business owner. Cadettes, being the most mature, develop a budgeting plan and track their spending habits, as they approach an age when they need to begin managing their own income.

The cost of attending these classes is just $10.00 per scout.  On select Saturdays, these opportunities are made available to the girls, so continue checking our website for registration information.

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