On April 2, more than 100 Girl Scout Cadettes spent the day swinging hammers, drilling drywall, and clamping scaffolding under the guidance of professional women carpenters from the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. Girls heard first hand from these women about the variety of carpentry career opportunities available to them. They also had a chance to learn the importance of “having a tool belt” and utilizing life skills from St. Paul Mayor, Chris Coleman.
These girls earned their Woodworker Badge by rotating through stations about virtual welding, steel studs and sheetrock, wood framing, finishing, scaffolding, and concrete forms. They also tried on safety harnesses and were suspended from “yo-yo’s,” learned how to use a level and a variety of hand and power tools to develop basic woodworking skills and create their own wooden masterpieces!
Cadette Girl Scout Adriana said she liked being so hands-on: “I’ve seen tools but I’d never used them before. I got to put clamps on scaffolding; it was pretty cool!” Maddie, a Cadette from Rogers, was energized by her day working with female super-carpenters: “When you’re looking at construction, it’s the boys doing the heavy lifting and building the skyscrapers,” she said. “You don’t see girls doing it, but today I got to see lots of girls doing it.”