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Enactus to host Girl Scout conference

Editor's note: This event has been canceled.

TWU’s Enactus team will host a conference to help the Girl Scouts in your family explore their interests, learn new skills, and earn badges through “Building the Future,” Girl Scouts Day at Texas Woman’s University, Saturday, Feb. 29.

The event, scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory Building (MCL), is designed for Cadettes, Senior Girl Scouts and Ambassadors. Scouts may attend two 2.5-hour classes — one in the morning, one in the afternoon — and earn two badges. Available classes include:

  • Cadettes (grades 6-8) — Cyber Security, Public Speaker, Think Like a Citizen Scientist, Entrepreneur, Finding Common Ground, and Special Agent
  • Seniors (grades 9-10) — Cyber Security, Business Etiquette, and Beyond the Ballot
  • Ambassadors (grades 11-12) — Coding, College Knowledge, and Eco Advocate.

Course descriptions are available in the badge book and online.

Cost of the conference is $35 per girl and $10 for each adult who wishes to observe classes. Lunch is included and will take place in the university’s new Dining Hall. Registration is due by Friday, Feb. 14. Contact David Rylander (College of Business) for a registration form or for more information.

 Teachers needed

Volunteers are sought to teach the classes. The Girls Scouts organization provides a booklet with guidelines and proposed activities, but teachers are invited to add their own flair to the classes. Teachers would need to be available for both sessions — typically around 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m. — but organizers could work with your schedule if you’re only available for one session. Contact David Rylander for more information.

Organizers learn, too

Enactus, an entrepreneurial service organization that helps students gain experiences as managers and leaders, first hosted the regional Girl Scouts Day event in 2009 and have hosted it most years since. Enactus students Sterling Stinson and Leslie Fredrickson are organizing this year’s event.

Stinson, who will receive her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, has been involved in the project all four years of her studies.

“This has been an incredible rewarding and uplifting adventure,” she said. “The girls have the time of their lives here. They get to interact with other troops — some right down the road from them, some hours away, but all creating friendships through shared experiences.”

Fredrickson will receive her bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in marketing in the fall, then will work toward a graduate degree at TWU. She says helping to plan the event has tested her organizational talents and is helping her improve her time management skills. She’s excited for what the Girl Scouts will learn as well.

“The girls will learn practical skills, but also get to experience the feel of college,” Fredrickson said. “Getting to walk on a university campus and take classes lets them feel like a college student and can plant the seed of seeking lifelong learning.”