Re: Whittlin' Chip for GSUSA
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Fri, 22 Apr 1994 09:48:22 EDT
Steve Souza <firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>in her Cadet Troop they do not teach knife/axe use nor
>do they have a card or other document to show who is trained...
>Are they behind the times or is there no comparable function for Girl
Actually they start teaching knife use as early as the Brownie level. The
requirements are incorporated in the outdoor badges. Leaders in our councils
are taught the proper use of knives/axes during outdoor training (Basic Leader
III and Basic Leader IV). Like everything else in Girl Scouting, whether
or not the girls learn these skills, is entirely up to the individual troops
and their interests. My second grade Brownie troop does alot of camping,
compared to other GS troops (not compared to what Boy Scouts do), it is their
choice. We try to incorporate the other worlds in our activities, in order to
broaden our girls interests. However their favorites remain camping and animal
care and other related issues. They have all learned to handle a knife
properly. The only reason they do handle an axe is because most of them
are too small to handle one safely. As they get older we will teach them
how to use an axe.
No the Girls Scouts are not behind the times. Maybe your daughters troop is
not into camping and the outdoor skills. My daughters Cadette Troop, doesn't
"teach" the outdoor skills, instead they "practice" what they have already
learned in Brownies and Juniors. The outdoor skills they focus on as Cadettes
is orienteering, and survival skills. As well as more primative camping.
The Cadettes have separate interest project patches for Orienteering, Camping,
Backpacking, Canoeing (or Kayaking), and Hiking. Each patch teaches different
skills, based on skills learned in previous levels.
Hope this helps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City