One recent weekend Supreme Sports Club was closed in the evening for an annual event. From 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on a Saturday night, 500 Girl Scouts took over the gym. It was the 20th annual Cruisin’ Thru Your Teens celebration held at Supreme Sports Club, and it also happens to coincide with the Girl Scouts’ 100th year anniversary — a double celebration!
This Cruisin’ Thru Your Teens event is offered by the Central Maryland Chapter of the Girl Scouts of America. It began 20 years ago as a place to allow girls to hang out with other similarly aged girls. The organizers of the program wanted it to be a big, inexpensive event that allowed easy access to all girls who wanted to attend. They also wanted it to be a healthy environment, somewhere they could interact with lots of activity. Active teens are happy teens and better adjusted teens. Sitting in front of a TV eating snack foods doesn’t exemplify healthy living, but taking over a fitness facility encourages healthy choices.
The organizers of this event decided on Supreme Sports Club because it could house a large number of girls. In a gym, there would be lots of healthy activities for girls to take part in, as well as plenty of rooms to spread out for less active but nonetheless important activities.
For the evening, the girls had a choice of all these activities: rock climbing, basketball, racquetball, swimming, roller skating, dancing and using the cardiovascular equipment. They also had teen makeovers (learning how to take care of their skin), stamping crafts, beading crafts and an area to learn about breast health. And of course, there were areas just to sit and talk, and also a snack area. To wind down near the end of the party, a movie was shown at 1 a.m.
When I was there, the girls looked to be having a great time. It took me back 30 years to when I was about that age. While so much has changed, being a teenage girl is much the same: the giggling, the hanging out in clusters, doing each other’s hair and just trying to fit in. Those are hard years, and it’s nice that a group like the Girl Scouts hosts such events to foster positive growth with a lot of support.
Something I did learn though was how many CA facilities are available to rent out to groups. I had no idea you could rent out an entire fitness facility! At Supreme, rentals can be the whole facility, just the Skate Arena, or the Courtside area immediately adjacent to the Skate Arena. The Courtside area boasts theater quality surround sound audio system and three 46″ TVs with DVD capability, free wireless internet access, plush furniture and catering services.
This Girl Scouting event over the past 20 years has had anywhere between 400 and 1,000 girls, and CA’s large fitness facility was perfect for their needs. I’m sure they are already planning for their 21st event next year!
Melissa Sinclair works in the Communications & Engagement Division at Columbia Association (CA). Melissa recently moved to Columbia with her three-generation family. She has lived in more than a dozen cities and is looking forward to making Columbia, Md., her permanent home! Click here to read more of Melissa’s Getting to Know CA series.