Girl Scouting in the US
Claudia Carroll (Claud15000@AOL.COM)
Wed, 15 Mar 1995 10:27:27 -0500
Connie from the Netherlands asked about Girl Scouting in the United States.
We have a handbook for each age level -- Daisy (5-6), Brownie (6 - 9) Junior
(10-12) Cadette (13 - 15) and Senior(15 - 18). I am a Junior Leader. Our
troop meets weekly and we do more life skill work rather than just outdoor
work. At this time we are not going on camping trips, because in the US you
have to have a troop certified camper, and none of my parents have challenges
or completed the course work.
For example, over the next several months, we will be working on our
leadership badge, which includes having opportunities to work as a leader,
talking to people in leadership roles, and exploring the meaning of
leadership. They will also be conducting a meeting for a Brownie troop, both
to get their Junior Aide badge as well as take a look at this troop before we
ask them to bridge up to our troop. (Don;t anyone yell at me for this,
please. This was the compromise that the girls came up with to deal with the
possibiliity of these girls coming into our troop.)
For our Thinking Day, where we celebrate Girl Scouting/Girl Guiding, we did
the counrty of France and had letters from 2 troops in France. We had all
the girls (about 200) at the service Unit event sign our tablecloth and sent
it back to France with notes.
If you want books on Girl Scouting in the US, I would be happy to get them
for you. They run about $ 10 each. The Brownie and Junior books are
actually 2 books each -- one for the badges and one as the handbook.
Junior Girl Scout Leader
Tierra del Oro Council (California)
Rio Encina Service Unit
I only speak for myself, 'cuz no one will let me speak for them.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City