Buddy Bench has been moved to its new location at CVA!

Carbon Valley Academy is proud to be a Buddy Bench school and celebrated the arrival of its once-in-a-lifetime Gift from the Boy Scout Pack #341, who took time from their spring break to install Carbon Valley Academy‘s Buddy Bench!

A Buddy Bench is a bench that goes in a school playground to serve as a safe space for a child feeling lonely or doesn’t have any friends.

Buddy Benches can benefit all children, not just the ones who are feeling isolated. It teaches children empathy by showing them how to recognize when someone else is in need and how we can be kind to them.

The goal of the Buddy Bench Program is to create an opportunity to make new friends and foster friendships. The troop used strength, talent, and skills to put their plan into action to earn the Silver Award while enabling each scout to take a leadership role.

It takes 400 pounds of plastic caps to make one bench. The caps can be from water bottles, twist-off caps for soda or milk, coffee cans, peanut butter lids, or even large twist-off detergent lids. There are rules associated with a Buddy Bench, and here they are 

Buddy Bench Rules

  • If you’re sitting on the bench, play with the first classmate who invites you.
  • While sitting on the bench, look around for a game you can join.

  • Two friends sitting on the bench can turn to each other and invite each

    other to play.

  • The bench isn’t for socializing. Only sit there if you can’t find anyone to

    play with.

  • When you see someone on the bench, ask that person to play with you.

  • Keep playing with your new friends!

Are buddy benches a good idea?

Buddy Benches can benefit all children, not just the ones who are feeling isolated. It teaches children empathy by showing them how to recognize when someone else is in need and how we can be kind to them.
 
 
 
The Buddy Bench at Carbo Valley Academy was a Silver Award Project completed by Girl Scout Troop #579 earlier this school year, and Pack 341 has relocated it to its new home in our playground.
Thank you so much to everyone who put their time, sweat, and love into this bench!! Carbon Valley Academy appreciates all the hard work, and we love our Buddy Bench!
 

 

 

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