Thanks to the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana for sponsoring a program for the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream‘s middle school girls! This summer, Girl Scouts led the girls in Learn 2 Earn one day a week for four weeks.
Chantel Gamboa, OCC Junior High Program Coordinator, says the Girl Scouts program integrates well with the Learn 2 Earn curriculum. “The scouts focus on building self-esteem and introducing young ladies to entrepreneurship, topics that we regularly emphasize in our life skills and job readiness components,” she says. In addition, Chantel specifically requested a day that focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in order to incorporate more science into the classroom.
At the beginning of each class, the girls recited the Girl Scout promise and discussed their highs and lows for the week. Each week, the Girl Scouts provided an activity such as team-building exercises, journaling, crafts and making tie-dye t-shirts. They also led a catapult competition (the STEM activity), in which each team designed catapults, created with recycled materials, and tested it to see which team could shoot the farthest.
The students shared positive reactions about the program:
- “I really liked it. It’s like a brain workout. I am a crafty person, and it gave me ideas to do other things at home.”
- “I really liked building things, and I liked doing tie-dye. Instead of just sitting in the classroom, it takes you outside and it challenges you.”
- “I learned about working together more.”
The OCC girls were established as an official troop, Troop #55222, for the summer and have the option of continuing it under different leadership. Thanks to the Girl Scouts for your partnership!