NM Girl Scouts expands online classes and camps - Albuquerque Journal

NM Girl Scouts expands online classes and camps

A member of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails participates in one of the organization’s online enrichment programs offered this summer. (Source: Girl Scouts Of New Mexico Trails)

The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails have developed and expanded its online enrichment courses – Girl Scouts at Home – to help fill educational gaps caused by COVID-19.

It is designed to connect online with New Mexico girls through after-school and weekend activities in small age-appropriate groups facilitated by Girl Scouts staff and volunteers, organizers said in a news release.bright spot

“Over the summer, we transitioned our programs and activities in STEM, entrepreneurship, outdoor education and life skills to a completely virtual model, with more than 1,600 girls participating in free online classes since May,” Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails CEO Rebecca Latham said in a statement.

“We were preparing to slow down once school started again, but with parents feeling so anxious about their children receiving a well-rounded education, we’ve made the decision to continue for the fall semester,” she said.

Girl Scouts at Home programs offered online and in self-contained activity kits through the fall semester include:

• Build it Brigade. Girls receive materials and instructional worksheets to identify a problem, seek a solution, create a product and turn it into a business of their own.

• Cybersecurity Basics. Girls learn to navigate the internet safely through lessons on cybersecurity, privacy and how to protect themselves on the computer.

• Code Club. Girls learn the basics of coding and create a shareable project.

• 19th Amendment and National Parks. Girls learn about the centennial of the 19th amendment and the role women have played in the National Park Service.

• Introduction to Government. Girls learn about the functions of each branch of government just in time for the November election.

These activities are open to all girls, kindergarten through 12th grade. There is no cost for current Girl Scouts and non-members can become a member for $40, according to the release.

Learn more at NMGirlScouts.org.

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