A new approach to sparking interest in the construction trades: Girl Scouts building tiny homes

MinnPost photo by Erin Hinrichs
Eighty Girl Scout campers pitched in to help build two tiny homes from scratch in just five days.

Last week, at Camp Lakamaga in Marine on St. Croix, many of the signature Girl Scout camp features were on full display: spontaneous group singing, friendship bracelets and campfires.

At this particular camp, however, there was also a hands-on project not typically associated with adolescent girls to keep them busy each day: constructing tiny homes.

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Big Lake High School’s Apprenticeship Program Provides Students With Career Options

“Signing Day” has taken on a whole new meaning at Big Lake High School in Big Lake, Minnesota. Under the leadership of Principal Bob Dockendorf, high school juniors and seniors put pen to paper to announce where they will be starting an apprenticeship.

“Youth Apprentice Signing Day simulates the celebrations athletes enjoy when joining a college or professional team. We’ve created actual signing opportunities that bring businesses, students, staff, parents, and the community together to give apprenticeships some well-earned attention,” Principal Dockendorf said in an interview with American Experiment. “By participating in the signings, we see instant pride for industries we might not otherwise recognize in our surrounding communities.”

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