Re: Girl Scouts in the closet, what to do?
Matt Gulick (mgulick@RADIUS.COM)
Tue, 27 Jun 1995 15:16:15 -0800
At 2:52 PM 6/27/95, Lynne Fitzsimmons wrote:
>Anyway, the other leader's daughter (14, would die in an extremely
>gruesome manner before letting ANYONE find out she was a Girl Scout)
>has refused to do this hike, because Someone Might See Her. The
>mother figures the other girls might feel that way also. (I just
>polled my daughter. She has no problems with Hiking in Public).
>I really don't have the time to locate a hike in the local wilderness
>and arrange for transportation. I've told them to deal with it (either
>make the arrangements by tomorrow night or go with the existing plan).
>Any thoughts for getting these girls Out of the Closet?
>Lynne Fitzsimmons firstname.lastname@example.org
>Leader, Cadette Troop 653
>Columbia River GS Council, Portland, OR, USA
We had this problem at first until the program got going strong. The
scouts are actually proud of what they are and want to share it. This is a
Boy Scout Troop but the results can be the same.
After a year, our scouts had been camping in the wilderness, trailed wild
animals and had the plaster castings of the tracks to prove it. They had
camped in Snow during a snowstorm, repelled down a shear 25 ft drop, gone
fishing to catch their dinner after hiking into the lake. They have been
water skiing and have collected food for the hungry.
If the scouts are given adventures that most of their friends have not
experienced they will develop a strong sense of accomplishment and be proud
of what they are. Our scouts have developed such a strong sense of
belonging and forged friendships that are founded in trust and respect that
they no longer care what others think.
I am sure that there are others who can attest to the fact that with a
strong program, the scouts will be proud, not ashamed of what they are and
what they are doing.
I used to be a Bear...
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