The 75 girls who came to the camp learned how to play chess, competed in a five game tournament, and received free medals, chess sets, girl scout cinch bags, girl scout pencils, chess videos, chess books etc. First through third place in each category won trophies.
On the first day of camp, the girls were split into seven groups. Each group had a youth chess instructor in a room equipped with a SMART Board, chess sets, and an adult helper. Each youth chess instructor had a WSCF rating of 800 and above and many years of experience as a chess player. The instructors used the interactive SMART Boards to virtually teach the girls how to play chess and used worksheets to teach the basic skills and tactics involved in playing chess. In between learning sessions, the girls played in a 5-round chess tournament so that they could practice the chess skills they learned.
Photo Ben Wong
The inspiration for this project was two-fold. This past summer, I was part of an eighteen-member girl planning team for the Girls’ World Forum that taught over 500 girls from around the world about three of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, promote gender equality and empower women, and ensure environmental sustainability. Since I was the one teaching all of these Girl Scouts the importance of taking action to better our world, I decided that I wanted to practice what I was preaching. As a result, I based my gold award project on a topic that would help achieve the MDG regarding promoting gender equality and empowering women.