Hope Girl Scouts Learn Social Skills
A group of student Girl Scouts has found a fun way to express the spirit of Christmas.The 10 members are taking part in a Secret Santa anonymous gift exchange in hopes they will learn a deeper understanding of unity, humility and kindness, said lead teacher aide Yolanda Woods, who works with the troop.
“We’re teaching them Christmas isn’t about receiving; it’s about giving,” she said.
The Hope Institute Girl Scouts Troop 6658 meets twice a month and members have earned badges associated with recreation, animals and art. In January, the students are expected to undergo first aid training. Currently, students are learning how to communicate the Girl Scouts promise via sign language.
“Each year, there are a set of badges and patches that these girls can earn that are going to teach them valuable skills throughout life,” said Amy Teubner, membership and program specialist for Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.
In addition to learning about healthy eating and leadership, Girl Scouts also works on building self-esteem and preventing bullying.
The first Girl Scout troop at Hope was founded in 1975.
At Hope, some Girl Scout activities are adjusted to accommodate students’ abilities. In February, members are scheduled to learn about money management, which will be a necessary skill as the young ladies seek employment opportunities.
“Girl Scouts is really about developing important skills for our students and teaching them how to get along with others and how to take turns,” Ms. Woods added. “Our girls have a lot of fun.”
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