Re: CO-ED SCOUTS
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Wed, 29 Mar 1995 12:08:36 EST
On 27 Mar. 1995, Bob Gerrish wrote:
>On Sat, 25 Mar 1995, Norman J. MacLeod wrote:
>> Campfire, as good as it is, is neither Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Neither is
[stuff deleted about Campfire]
>(I won't comment on 4H - I do not know enough about it to
>draw any conculsions. If I said anything, I would probably say it was
>only farming oriented and I would probably be wrong.)
4-H is not a Scouting-type program, although it is does erve it's purpose and
is an excellent program. 4-H was started to help youth get a head start
in the Agrigultural fields, including but not limited to farming. Most
of the 4-H groups are centered around one topic, the kids can participate in
all ascpects of the program. For example, my daughter is in Cortland County
Horse Club. That means her 4-H meetings are spent learning about Horses.
Thier care, thier breeds, thier conformation, etc, etc. (I think after one
year in the program, my daughter knows more about horses than she ever thought
possible). We spend MANY taking her to competitions. In the winter they study
and prepare for the Horse Bowl and Quiz Bowl. At the Horse Bowl they are
judged on thier ability to Judge horses, thier knowledge of feeds, breeds,
and general information. They compete against teams from other counties.
The Quiz Bowl is even more demanding, it is set up similar to a College Bowl
(or HS Bowl) the questions range from very general information down to
the names and locations of bones in the horses body. PROUD MOM ALERT :
Even though Cortland County placed dead last on Team, my daughter place 5th
in Individual Novice. The individual awards were based on the number of correct
answers given during the team events. If she can do as well next year in the
Juniors she will go to the States. Novices don't compete in the States.
During the summer most of her weekends (and many of ours) are taken up by
horse shows. She is 14 and at this point in her life she wants to make a career
in horses. The 4-H program is an excellent beginning. They also have
similar programs for just about any agricultural career you can think of.
Also as I mentioned before, even though she is in the Horse Club, she plans
on entering produce from 'her' section of our garden in the county fair.
She will also be working at the State fair (competing also if she qualiifys)
helping in the stables and at the riding rings. This is paid work, in scouting
I think they would expect the kids to volunteer. The focus of the program
is to start them out in careers not build leaders out of them, although
there is some opportunity to gain leadership skills.
Lynn Whited | Brownie Troop 401
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