Cadette Handbook (long)
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Wed, 21 Jun 1995 15:33:42 -0400
It was mentioned to me that national claims they included the more
practical stuff in the Junior Handbook. So they should've already had
this stuff by now. What about the new scout at the Cadette Level?
Are we to assume by the age of 11 our girls have learned it all?
I can't imagine having this as a bright future for a cadette troop.
> The Canadaian Guide program has been undergoing simmilar program changes
> (my wife is the Brownie Leader). Similarly the program contains much that
> is superficial in regards to outdoor program and places greater emphasis on
> personal self image.
Shouldn't we be encouraging adventure at this age? It isn't until this
age that they actually understand there are people that actually live in
other countries and we can talk to them! What's wrong with learning about
them, and maybe visiting them? It isn't until this age they are
physically able to engage throughly in some of these activities.
> sounds like this work was done by a committee with a lot of diverse goals
> but were not focused on the goals of the program.
I wonder if these people even had kids!?! (Gee, do I sound ticked or what?)
> It is my experience that in the BSA, the literature and program is
> generally focused around the three aims of the program and emphasizes the
> use of the stated methods.
> While the peripheral issues you mentioned are not addressed directly,
> concentration on the aims of scouting provides the tools to deal with the
> other issues.
I can understand these issues are important to talk about at certain
times, but GS councils have contemporary issue patch programs, that can be
used for those times when an issue has become important for a troop to
discuss. But, it has begun to take such a huge amount of the program
(along with careers) that I think it is being shoved down their throat.
I think GS is treading on thin ground here. Basic values can be shown by
examples, technical terms can be taught in school, and specifics need to
be taught at home, or through religious beliefs. I don't think GS
realizes the position they are going to be placing alot of untrained people.
They are not equiped to deal with these issues if the girls do decide to
explain their own situations. We just don't realize what the pressures of
some of these kids are today.
KISKIF- How is this going to fit into, sex-drugs and rock 'n roll?
(Oh, I'm dating myself!) I can see it now...around the campfire, late at
"Want to see what I can make out of your beer can?"
> female collegues that were Girl Scouts complain that they never got to do
> the thing their brothers did in the Boy Scouts. They talked about safe
> hiking but never went on one.
It is very hard to take the girls to anything adventurous. I believe the
safety rules are a good thing, but there must be easier ways to ensure
there are trained people available to assist you taking a troop out.
Doing these adventurous things in a safe, controlled environment will give
these kids the confidence they need to speak up for themselves when the
dreaded "issue" present themselves in their lives.
Lisa Varner << firstname.lastname@example.org >>
Haven't been there. Don't want to go. Don't need another t-shirt!
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