Just like any good story, girls’ lives are filled with excitement, drama, laughs, adventures, setbacks, and triumphs. Through the My Culture, My Story, My Pride: It’s Your Story—Tell It Day Camp, held this summer in Browning, Pablo, and Hardin, Montana, girls in grades 3-5 got a chance to explore their own stories, and the stories of others.
The curriculum was developed based on the aMUSE Journey, which combines storytelling with the many roles–both real and creative–that the world offers. In the Journey, girls try on different roles and learn about people and the power of real-life action and leadership.
In Pablo, a puppeteer/storyteller shared her words of wisdom and a puppet show that demonstrated how to perform utilizing vocal tones, expressions, among others. The girls made their own sock puppets, as well as borrowed the storytellers hand puppets to give them a variety of voices and stories.
Girls in Browning also utilized puppetry to discuss different stereotypes and perform skits. Girls creatively inspired each other to consider different career choices, including firefighting.
In Hardin the girls focused on acting and created a play for their families. They had great enthusiasm for acting and taking on the different roles they created.
My Culture, My Story, My Pride: It’s Your Story—Tell It was made possible by Dove with the purpose to provide a fun and age-appropriate leadership experience for girls based on the aMUSE Journey—a leadership curriculum for girls developed by GSUSA and aligned with state and national curriculum standards. Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming was awarded the grant to facilitate day camps focused on storytelling and the importance of heritage for girls residing on three of Montana’s largest Native American reservations.
GSMW plans to host additional aMUSE Day Camps in the future. Watch GSMW’s website for more program opportunities.