Nola.com reports that Girls Scouts of of the USA is bringing the high-energy, interactive Geek Squad summer academy to New Orleans this August. Up to 200 girls can take part in Best Buy’s Geek Squad, to be held at Edward Hynes Charter School in Lakeview August 25 and 26.
Girl Scouts Louisiana East was selected as one of 23 partners nationwide to host the Geek Squad. The driver behind the event, Jill Pollard, vice president of program and volunteerism for Girl Scouts Louisiana East, knows how beneficial it will be.
“I have seen the Geek Squad in action, and it is pretty amazing,” Pollard said. “It is a huge amount of team-building and really high-energy.”
Girls 10 to 14 can sign up for the two-day academy, where they will pull apart and rebuild computers and learn about the latest technology in digital photography and music.
Girls will learn that “the process is more than just pressing a button and turning on the computer and playing a video game,” said Kevin Shipp, program and event coordinator for Girl Scouts Louisiana East.
In a fun, interactive and collaborative way, the girls will be taught the more serious side of computer usage, such as responsible Internet use, protecting personal information, how to handle cyber-bullying and communicating with peers.
Girl Scouts is undergoing a culture shift, becoming a more inclusive organization that encourages members and non-members to sign up for specific events and develop leadership skills.
“We are purposefully targeting Girl Scouts events to the community of girls so that they can understand what we do and what the possibilities are, and that it is not a closed but an open group,” Pollard said.
Any girl 5 to 17 years old can become a Girl Scout. With topics more relevant to today’s girls, more opportunities to be involved are opening up. “We are offering different pathways,” Pollard said. “Instead of having that once a week or once a month meeting, girls can also join just to go to camp, to Geek Squad or to travel.”
Former Girl Scouts are now a who’s who of entertainers and political, corporate and military leaders.
“The big focus for the national organization is ‘to get her there.’ We want to see our girls as CEOs, chairwoman of the board, president,” Pollard said.