Many women look back fondly on the scouting days of yesteryear, which were full of troop meetings, fun activities, new friendships and adventures. Even those of us who were never scouts often find we share a common thread with the troops – a love of Thin Mints, Samoas, or another delicious Girl Scout cookie.

But Girl Scouts have a reach far beyond sweet treats. They help to create the female leaders of tomorrow, with a keen focus on increasing girls' involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), encouraging financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills, and promoting safe and healthy living.

For more than 100 years, scouting has used the outdoors as its classroom. In order to meet the challenges of the next 100 years, they’re working with companies like Microsoft to expand into the world of computers.

Local Microsoft retails stores are offering technology-related workshops so Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts can learn about internet safety, apps and more as part of earning a “Computer Expert” badge.

In fact, on June 8, the Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) will hold a workshop at the Microsoft Austin store, from 1-4 p.m. CT on basic computer skills. For more information on upcoming high-tech Girl Scout activities and other events in your area, visit your local store website.