Girl Scouts Add New ‘Video Game’ Merit Patch

Los Angeles Council Introduces New Award


heart patch 300x294 Girl Scouts Add New Video Game Merit PatchGirl scouts can now earn awards in video game development.

The award — which is being introduced by the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Council — is designed to introduce girls to the profession of game design, NBC News reports.

A representative for the Greater Los Angeles Council says that the organization has been discussing the awards for more than a year. In partnership with the Woman In Games International organization, the council wants to confront sexism in the video game business while making sure that girls don’t think they’re locked out of a growing industry.

Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts began awarding merit badges for video game design. However, because the Girl Scouts award is not yet officially recognized, it is considered a patch and not a merit badge. The award requires girls to learn how to program games rather than just design them. The Council is providing a custom version of developer tool Gamestar Mechanic for girls to work with.

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