Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New York Girl Scout Addresses Bullying Through Theater

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that high school senior Rebecca Castagna recently organized her Girl Scout Gold Award project, “Say Boo to Bullying,” that was performed for the entire student body at Dover Elementary School in New York.

The harmful impacts of bullying — in its many forms — were brought to life in skits to demonstrate different ways bullying occurs, such as behind people's backs or over the Internet, and what can be done to stop it.

In one skit, a group of teenagers talked poorly about another girl who supposedly kissed "the whole ninth grade", and the last act focused entirely on cybebullying, Castagna closed the assembly by asking students to recite a "Say Boo to Bullies Pledge," which she wrote, based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

In the Girl Scout Leadership Journey It's Your Story – Tell It!, girls learn all about stories and trying on roles. Putting on a production is a fantastic way to explore roles and express different situations through storytelling. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. To earn the award, a Scout must identify a community issue they care about, research the topic, invite others to support them and take action, create a plan and get feedback from their Girl Scout Council, and execute the plan, according to the organization's website.

Bullying is considered by many to be a national epidemic. How do you work to eliminate bullying in your community?