For Girl Scouts of Western Washington
As girls get older they are exploring more on their own or with peers. They are looking to each other and friends for standards in boundaries and relationships. They are out more, with friends or by themselves. They may be riding a bus solo, babysitting, dating, or driving. Maybe they are engaged in community volunteer activities, arts performances, or have part-time jobs. They are growing into their independent and resilient selves. At the same time girls may be concerned about peer pressure and a cultural environment that romanticizes unhealthy relationship behavior and tends to denigrate their abilities and self of self.
They could use some skills to augment the experience they are beginning to acquire.
In this class girls will learn to recognize “red flags” that someone may mean harm, plan safe exits from iffy situations, practice physical moves (just in case), and learn to find supportive self-care. All in age-appropriate language and concepts.
Classes can be set up for any Girl Scout age group. Classes for girls still in elementary school are 1.5 to 2 hours (and a parent should also be there), for tween girls (ages 10-12) are 2.5 hours, for teen girls 3 hours, and a special class for Girls off to College is 3.5 hours.
We can come to you, or you can come to our space in Seattle’s International District.
Cost is $35 (grades K-3) or $45 (grades 4-5) per girl for elementary school ages, $55 for tween girls, $65 for teen girls, and $75 for Girls off to College. Financial assistance is available to any girl in need.
Minimum # of girls: 8
Maximum # of girls: 16
If organizing your troop is not feasible, you are welcome to register girls for a class open to the public. Visit our Self-Defense for Teen Girls or Self-Defense for Children pages for class schedules.
Still thinking about it? Please read this article, ripped from the Girls Scouts website, about catcalling and how it can affect young girls. (Too bad the author doesn’t suggest a self-defense program that promotes the very points made in the article.)
When you email to schedule a class, this info is VERY useful:
- If we come to you, where are you (i.e., North Seattle, Auburn, Kingston, Everett)
- Ages of girls
- How many girls
- Timeframe (next month, this Fall, next Winter, etc.)
- Weekend/weekday preference
Contact us today to schedule your class!