EarthLooms at the national Girl Scout Jamboree

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girl-scouts-logo.pngWeaving our Stories Together was the theme of the national Girl Scout Jamboree in 2009.

Lou Creber of Phoenix, Arizona, who is certified in the Weaving a Life process, was charged by the Girl Scouts to bring a special activity to the convention. EarthLooms were the perfect answer.

Lou brought five EarthLooms, which were connected together like a screen in the Exhibit Hall. They were a magnet for activity, drawing girls and leaders throughout the convention.

Girls brought fabric from their own closets to weave their personal stories together in banners. Because this was an anniversary celebration, many girls and leaders brought in memorabilia and wove them into the weavings or sewed them on. Girls brought snapshots, Girl Scout patches, and other memorabilia.

As weavings were completed, they were hung in the rafters like flags. Ultimately Girl Scouts wove 20 weavings 20 inches wide and one yard long with fringe.

The weavings were auctioned off for the Girl Scouts to establish a fund to plan the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts in 2012, and for girls to travel to the national headquarters for the event.

Lou said about EarthLooms at the Jamboree,

Everybody touching and feeling the same piece of cloth, touching the whole. Out of their old clothes, they wove a new fabric of friendship and community.

Councils are begging for it. It's a conduit for this. People were so ready for it.

EarthLooms were the hit of the effort, because it was a personal approach. It's so brilliant. Any youth group would love this idea.


A personal note from Lou Creber:

It's especially rewarding to contribute to the growth of a child, whether it be through teaching something new, advocating for the child, having fun, or giving a hug.

During my daughter's teenage years, I led a Cadette and Senion Girl Scout Troop. I had as much fun as the girls, and probably more. Work with the junion high and teenage groups is both challenging and rewarding, because they don't yet know it's in their hands to design and weave their lives.

Lou Creber is certified in the Weaving a Life process. She lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.