Brenau recognized for community impact by Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia

Jay Andrews shows the Girl Scouts how to record a podcast
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The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia recognized Brenau University with an award for its impact on the community this spring.

The Community Service Award was given to the university on Saturday, May 4. Brenau offers a special Saturday workshop for local scouts, allowing them to interact with professors in various departments to learn the basics about aspects of their field and while engaging in a fun, hands-on experience. The faculty members volunteer their time and expertise, encouraging scouts to try a wide range of activities they might not be able to experience otherwise, according to Kelly Peters, associate registrar and scout leader.

Girl Scout Saturdays started in 2022 after a two-week scouting workshop with Huy Chu, assistant professor of art and design, inspired the university to look into how it might provide additional experiences for local Girl Scouts. Chu offered to teach the scouts about ceramics and pottery in the Northeast Georgia mountains. In the process, the scouts earned their potter’s badge.

“We’re teaching the children that ceramics are another positive way for self-expression,” Chu said. “Gainesville and the surrounding area has a rich ceramics history. This is a great avenue for them to connect with that history.”

The scouts tapped into their creativity and made pottery under Chu’s guidance during the first workshop, and then went back another weekend to glaze and finish their creations. 

Other Girl Scout Saturdays allowed the scouts to record a podcast at Brenau’s radio station, 89.1 FM, and design their own event badge; were introduced to theatrical costuming and musical theater with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance; and learn about bugs and their importance to ecosystems with the education department and the Brenau University Garden Society. In addition, Peters said Brenau frequently provides space for the local Girl Scout Council to hold larger or special events, and scouts participated in activities involving STEM, international culture, and various winter holiday traditions on campus.