New Cadette Handbook Book
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 16:32:02 -0400
I am curious what others think of the new cadette handbook.
I have been very pleased with the updates at the other levels, certainly
an improvement, but was sorely disappointed in the new cadette books.
I think they messed up big-time on the cadette level. I have a boy scout
handbook, that I recently had the oppotunity to leaf through and I am amazed
at how much information it actually contains. The GS books lack big time!
How can they expect the leaders to show the girls things they know nothing
about and have little as far as resources to draw from? The cadette books
look like school books, contemporary issues, and careers. Nothing fun
except if you take the time to plan and integrate it into careers. That's
ok, but I am not a psycologist to get in some of these other issues with
the kids, dating, sex, drugs and alcohol, gangs, sexually transmitted
diseases, gender bias, etc. It was fine to touch on the issues in Juniors,
but kids 12 and up need some serious talk when it comes to this, and I
don't feel GS is the place.
I think they need to stick to learning about communication, government,
customs of other people, the world and how it works, trying new things,
outdoor activities, crafts, budgeting, self-esteem, discovery, fun, and of
If a child is empowered with self-reliance, self-sufficiancy, self-esteem,
and has good valued role-models to follow that they can feel
comfortable to talk one-on-one with when having a personal crisis,
(this way you can get the child the help she needs, or just listen if that
is needed), THEN, many of the other things will not be so much of an
issue, they will fall into place because of the values that have been
taught. But to end up discussing these subjects like another class at
school, I think is wrong.
Yes, I was very disappointed in the new hand book for cadettes.
I am concerned with the focus the program is beginning to take.
When I commented on this, the answer I received was...when they set out
to revamp the book, they asked girls around the country what issues they
were interested in. I think they asked what issues effected them, BIG
I can't imagine any young girls saying, "I would like to discuss sex, drugs,
alcohol, and teen pregnancies with all my friends."
Lisa Varner << email@example.com >>
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