Our curriculum is based on teaching 12 core life skills, which we call The 12 Keys, to help our kids be more curious, confident, capable, resilient and empathetic.
How do you learn a skill like empathy or self-regulation? Simple: you practice it, over and over. We know kids learn best through problem-solving and play, so we build every one of our Missions with opportunities for repeated practice within a compelling story.
Take empathy, for example. For kids to improve their empathy, they need to practice facial and body language recognition, active listening, and perspective taking. So, we built a series of Mystery Missions where kids step into the role of detectives trying to solve a crime. As they interview witnesses and suspects, they have the opportunity to practice those core empathy skills over and over, and their Guide is there to point out great examples of empathy and help Scouts discuss what the most empathetic choices might be. We base these Missions on compelling cold cases, like the biggest unsolved art museum heist in history, and popular video games like L.A. Noire.
Sometimes, it helps to introduce new strategies, too– like specific breathing techniques to help kids self-regulate their emotions, or defining a personal values statement to bolster their integrity. One way we teach these strategies is through our 5-minute Challenges, where our Guides model strategies for Scouts and give them an opportunity to practice.
We’re always happy to answer questions about our curriculum. If you have specific questions, you can email our Head of Program & Curriculum, Fish Stark: firstname.lastname@example.org.