Students enjoy scouting at Gotham Avenue
Approximately 40 students at Gotham Avenue School are participating in Cub Scouts after school, thanks to the school’s partnership with Boy Scouts of America Theodore Roosevelt Council.
The students meet once a week to take part in the BSA’s Scoutreach program with Cubmaster Meredith Riordan and other scouting specialists, who present a curriculum that mirrors a traditional Cub Scout program. They learn the Scout Oath, the Scout Law and have the opportunity to earn rank advancements. In addition, the students receive a keyring with laminated cards that include instructions on how to make certain types of knots, instructions on a variety of science experiments and a protocol on what to do if they ever get lost. The student-scouts also conduct STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiments and work to earn the Nova award, a recognition designed by BSA to encourage further study of STEM.
During a recent meeting, the group learned about how rainclouds are formed and how moisture travels from the air. Using mason jars, water (to represent the air), shaving cream (to represent the clouds) and food coloring (to represent the air’s moisture), the Cub Scouts were able to see when clouds get saturated with moisture, it begins to rain.
The Scoutreach program is designed for students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to join scouting. Principal Marshall Zucker said the students are enjoying the program, which provides them an opportunity for personal growth and character building, while emphasizing academic skills, self-confidence, ethics and leadership skills.
- Gotham Avenue students (from left): Kayla Pancar, Kiara Thomas and Selix-Nicolas Nigel worked with Scoutreach Coordinator Kristin Lindman during a recent meeting.
2. Gotham Avenue students (from left): Zachary Vielot, David Cherfilus and Jahzeel Daniels conducted a raincloud experiment with fellow Cub Scouts.
3. Gotham Avenue students Aanu-Oluqa-po (left) and Chnaika Michel looked on as Cubmaster Meredith Riordan explained the experiment.
4. Gotham Avenue students Tijesunimi Olatunji (left) and Carson Civil showed off their raincloud experiment.