What started as an idea for a Girl Scout mom to keep her daughter physically active during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has turned into an official Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas club that’s in high demand and growing. The Gutsy Girls Skateboard Club was founded in the fall of 2020, starting as eight Girl Scouts meeting up to try a fun new activity. The club has quickly grown into DFW’s most sought-after skateboarding club.
“We are a club that has a sole focus of encouraging girls to ignite their adventurous and courageous spirits through skateboarding,” said Girl Scout Mom Lacy. She launched the club with her super-energetic, nine-year-old daughter Riley. “We are starting a girl-powered skateboard movement!”
At first, Lacy didn’t think Riley would stick to skateboarding, “but seeing her challenge herself and being around these other girls that come from different backgrounds has been life-changing for her. She has flourished, and she walks around now like a skateboarder. She’ll land a new trick and be so proud of herself.”
The club meets twice a month for a clinic and a social skate. Presently, the club welcomes about 30 Girl Scouts from various troops at one clinic. A handful of girls are Juliettes (aka Girls participating without a troop), so this club allows them to engage with other Girl Scouts. The groups are small so the instructors (two per group, and one always female) can have more time to coach skateboarding fundamentals to each girl. Partnering with the director of operations at Alliance Skate Park, the club provides access to the area’s top skateboarding instructors and local pros.
Social skates are set up to allow the girls to freely move around skateparks, practice the skills they learned in clinics, and make friends with other skateboarders. Lacy is amazed to watch the girls hang out and help each other improve their tricks. The girls correct each other on the most minor moves and encourage each other. The social aspect allows them to strengthen the Girl Scout sisterhood, helping them to stay mentally healthy and thriving through this isolated time.
The outpouring of support from the skateboarding community has been overwhelmingly positive. In January, the club welcomed USA Female Skateboarding Olympic Team Member Alana Smith to the clinic. She described her journey to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and even jumped in to help teach the girls a few skills. At the club’s last social skate, Legendary Pro Skater and Video Game Character Kareem Campbell and X Games Medalist Mike Crum hung out with the girls and showed them how to shred a vert ramp.
While the girls enjoy learning how to skateboard, they also are performing service projects for the community. In March, the girls visited the 4DWN Skatepark in Dallas and provided first-aid kits they made so 4DWN could offer kits during their food distribution for the homeless. This month, the club plans to work on a recycling project with One Team Earth, a local non-profit, to produce water bottle bird feeders for different communities. “We’re trying to incorporate something to give back to the community,” Lacy said. They’re also currently working on creating a five-step Girl Scouts patch for adventure sports.
“We believe anyone can do anything with the right tools and right encouragement,” Lacy said. “We believe that girls are the future of skateboarding and extreme sports.”
Interested in your Girl Scout joining the Gutsy Girls Skateboarding Club? Join the waiting list (due to high demand).
Not a Girl Scout yet? Haven’t renewed your membership? Now’s a great time to join or renew.