Girl Scout Troop 30280
After I taught the girls how to make pocket zines, I wondered, ‘why is there an all Native Girl Scout troop?’
I asked Jamie H., the Troop Leader, and she said she wasn’t exactly sure how it initially started, but she had heard second hand that the Girl Scouts had gotten a national grant to start troops that reached out to Native girls. Jamie said the Fargo, ND troop quickly fizzled out because parents weren’t involved in the planning stages. About a year later one of her daughters asked her “remember when we were in Girl Scouts?”, recalling that she had fun for the short time that they attended. Jamie and some of the other mothers decided restart the Native Girl Scout Troop in Fargo.
Jamie said that it was important to have an all Native scout troop because it’s an “opportunity to get to know other Native girls that you might not otherwise get to know.” While the scout troop meets in Fargo, girls from neighboring cities of West Fargo and Moorhead are welcome. Troop 30280 brings girls together from several different schools, and currently the scouts’ grades range from K-6. “It’s a good, female-centered space; a safe space with other Native women and girls.”
Both Boys and Girls Scouts have had controversy, but Jamie finds value in having the Native Girl Scout Troop. “They’re getting to know other Native women that they would know traditionally. Girl Scouts gives the name recognition that helps people feel comfortable bringing their kids here.”