Re: Comments and Questions
Baird Lynn (bairdl@OSPREY.CSRV.UIDAHO.EDU)
Fri, 14 Oct 1994 07:43:04 -0700
I'm a GS leader with a troop of fourteen 11-12 year olds. We've been
camping together since they were Daisy Girl Scouts, so we needed to
address their sleep needs earlier. When the girls were 1st & 2nd grade
Brownies, they decided to save their cookie receipts to go to Our Chalet
in Switzerland. So, when they were in the 3rd & 4th grade, we explained
that, on pj parties when we weren't planning to DO anything (except
return them to their parents), staying up all night was an option.
However, for camping, we usually had lots of fun things planned and we
could not do them if everyone needed naps. Additionally, if they wanted
to be gone for longer than one night, their leaders needed more sleep. If
they did not let their leaders sleep, the leaders would not be interested
in taking them on longer trips. The girls made their decision: we all
sleep now. Maybe not at ten, but at least by eleven!!
When the girls became Junior GSes, we taught them basic parlimentary
procedure. They at least understand how to make a motion, that it
requires a second, and that then they can talk and modify it to death. It
ends up being a consensus builder, still, but they enjoy knowing the
language of meetings. (sometimes it comes out "I motion..."). The only
other skill that we emphasize in our troops is "active listening". In my
days, it was called being polite....:)
As for buddy burner recipes, the troop favorite is nachos. Experimental
tasting hasn't really occurred.
Sounds like you have a fun troop!
--Lynn Baird, Moscow, Idaho
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City