The Girl Scouts program has long prepared young women to be leaders in any field. Cybersecurity is no exception.
More than 50 girls from throughout Inland Empire expanded their cyber skills at the Junior Girl Scout Cyber Camp, held November 2 at Moreno Valley College.
Booz Allen Hamilton sponsored the event, which was a partnership between the San Gorgonio Council of Girl Scouts of America, Moreno Valley College, and the Moreno Valley Unified School District. The camp was coordinated by Cyber-Guild Academic Relations Manager Donna Woods.
Girls from kindergarten through fifth grade earned three cybersecurity merit badges and learned about the importance of cybersecurity from business, education, and community leaders.
Beyond technical skills, the camp also focused on the importance of friendship and connection in an increasingly digital world. Girls learned how to build trust circles both online and offline and practiced observation and problem-solving skills.
Participants found the event to be both fun and educational. Here are just a few of their post-camp comments:
● “My favorite part was learning all about computers and how to make a secret password.”
● “I enjoyed learning about cybersecurity and cyberbullying. I loved learning about internet safety. I had a lot of fun, and it was a good time.”
● “It was lots of fun learning how to be cyber safe.”
Throughout the day, girls learned by example from the women in cyber who served as camp instructors. Parents appreciated the opportunity for their girls to see such positive young role models in action.
“The instructors for the classes were very informative. I was surprised to learn that they were all under the age of 20 as they were very professional and mature,” said one parent.
The camp was also helpful for parents to understand how they can help their girls stay safe online.
“The workshops were super fun, engaging, and informative,” another parent said. “The girls had a wonderful time learning about cyber safety, and I even learned a thing or two myself.”
Booz Allen Hamilton was pleased to sponsor the event and sees outreach like this as an essential part of building its future workforce through strong cybersecurity pathways.
“Booz Allen is thrilled to support the Girl Scout Jr. Cyber Camp, in partnership with Cyber-Guild,” said Jennie Brooks, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton. This cyber camp will help to increase the girls’ cyber knowledge in a fun and engaging way. We are proud to help build and inspire our cyber talent of the future!”
Please contact the Cyber-Guild if you are interested in hosting a program like this in your area.
A special thanks to our key donors for making this happen.