On April 16, 2016 Silly Girl Skateboards brand ambassador, Hall-of-Famer & legend @pattimcgee, was one of the speakers and ‘instructors’ helping Girl Scouts learn to skate and perhaps earn a skateboarding merit badge – never before offered to Girl Scouts.
I was lucky enough to check out the event at Kit Carson Park in Escondido California. Here’s some pictures and thoughts on the day.
The Girl Scouts assembled at 9am on Saturday morning & when asked if ready – look at those hands in the air – they were ready to skateboard.
The Girl Scouts had the park plus they had pro skateboarders – including Vista local Amelia Brodka, founder of EXPOSURE Skate, to help them understand how skateboarding helps girls grow – it’s in line with the Girl Scout Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Right after the Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
the Girl Scouts & volunteers headed to the skate park. It was time to skate!
Girl Scouts like skateboarders are all ages – so from Daisies to Adult Members the scouts were represented.
Instructions were given in groups but there was still plenty of time for individual attention.
And Girl Scouts like skateboarders know it’s polite to wait your turn – no snaking. There is enough for everyone & skateboarding teaches patience.
By the end of the session I saw what makes me smile
Girls skateboarding by their instructors and then
girls knowing they could skate on their own.
Is there handholding in skateboarding – I say yes. And when you’re ready there’s going solo in skateboarding.
Skateboarding is not about competing, winning medals, or being sponsored. Those are all rad things that may happen because you skateboard. Skateboarding is about getting on that board and skating – whether you go across your driveway or down the mega ramp you’re a skateboarder.
One of the Girl Scouts I met didn’t get on a board yesterday – she wasn’t ready. Yes – I gave her stickers – it takes courage to be your own person – do what’s right for you – don’t skate because everybody else is skateboarding – skate when you want to, how you want to, and for yourself.
Till next time XOXO – skatingfashionista & yes invite me to your skate events (thanks Silly, Amelia & Girl Scouts) – I love to attend & then blog – if I can’t make it send me your pictures & stories – because more girls skate when they see girls skate and we encourage each other!