Archive for December, 2009

Girl Scout Project: A Summary and Hope for the Future

December 7, 2009

Our class created and directed a project designed to promote self-confidence in young girls. We decided to visit a Girl Scout troop and lead them through activities which would promote in them a high level of self-worth and confidence in who they are as individuals, despite being female.

First, some member of our class brainstormed ideas about what activities would be most beneficial to the ends we wanted to meet. Then, a vote determined the three projects we would conduct, which included writing mission statements, making bracelets with a meaningful word describing their character, and poster board trait-sharing, which involved the girls sharing their thoughts about their peers’ best qualities. The plan was fundraised mainly by donations from students in the class, though a bake sale came up as an idea for funding for the materials needed for the project. One student in class worked with a Girl Scout troop on a regular basis, and this troop’s meeting time fit with an available afternoon for nine students in the class. These students and our professor, Ms. Grosh, attended the troop’s meeting and led the girls through the activities.

When the students spoke about the project during the next class, they said that, though the girls were rambunctious, they seemed to already possess a good deal of confidence in themselves. At the third-grade level, girls are still children, and are more interested in playing and having a good time than worrying about how they are viewed. However, the point of this project was to instill in them the belief that, no matter what they look like or how they identify themselves sexually, they have inherent worth, simply because they are a human being. This project aimed to help girls remember that they are in charge of their own lives and have the capacity to make their dreams come true, as long as they stay true to themselves. Hopefully, years later, these nine girls will come across their posters, mission statements, and bracelets, and remember how they felt as children, confident, happy, and ready for new experiences. Maybe they will see that they haven’t changed much in character and personality, and that their mission statements weren’t so far off… and that would make this project worthwhile.