Re: GSUSA: First Graders in a Brownie Troop
Baird Lynn (bairdl@OSPREY.CSRV.UIDAHO.EDU)
Wed, 1 Feb 1995 14:25:32 -0800
I have been a leader and a trainer in our council for several years. I
have not worked beyond our council, so am not certain if there are
certain standards your council has adopted that would make it less than
desirable for first graders to become Brownie Girl Scouts.
However, locally, I have had Brownie troops with first through third
graders. GSUSA policy is to encourage mixed age troops and to be
inclusive rather than exclusive with troop composition, enabling girls to
learn from their peers. In my experience, I would recommend a troop
composition of equal numbers of the different ages, if at all possible,
to enable the various levels of maturity to be expressed. That's a
personal point of view, though!
There are local reasons to do different things. I also would encourage
you to try to recruit more girls so that your Brownie troop will consist
of at least twelve girls to enable them to learn about troop government,
be able to play group games, and generally drive you crazy! ;) --and I
think you'll enjoy it, too...
Good luck-have a wonderful time with your Daisy Girl Scouts! (do you know
the song to the tune: I'm a Little Teapot?
I'm a Daisy Girl Scout
Short and cute,
Here is my smile,
Here's my salute
When I get excited
Hear me shout
I'M A DAISY GIRL SCOUT!
Lynn Baird email@example.com
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