Re: Girl Scouts in the closet, what to do? the Sequel
Lynne Fitzsimmons (lynnef@MDHOST.CSE.TEK.COM)
Wed, 28 Jun 1995 10:12:56 PDT
The mother called back last night. She had spoken to one of the
other leaders (there are 4 of us, 3 active), and had come to the
conclusion (with her daughter, I hope!) that doing the shakedown
hike somewhere else would inconvenience a large number of people,
as well as add time to a 5 hour activity (on my day off, no less!).
So, the child will either show up and hike with us, or go off and
do a 2-miler with her mother beforehand and show up for the rest
of the program. She (the girl) chatted with one of her friends
(also a troop member), and basically received the "get a life"
As to those of you wondering why we aren't better prepared (or at
least delicately questioning our preparation process), this year
the girls have:
gone on a hike in Forest Park every month since December, carrying the
10 essentials (and they get heavy when that includes rain gear, and
extra warm clothes because there is snow by the trail!), wearing
the hiking boots in question. Two of the girls took advantage of
an opportunity at our Service Unit campout to do a shakedown hike
by being dropped off at the camp entrance and hiking in with their
backpacks (over a mile in from the main road)
most have completed the Red Cross Community First Aid and CPR courses
constructed personal first aid kits (including moleskin) that they take
on all outdoor activities
spent several hours at REI with a knowledgeable staff person learning
all there is to know about required equipment, and how to select
and care for it
learned how to use a compass, map work in process - 2 girls entered an
Orienteering meet last month - they are prepared to do much better
at the next meet in a few weeks!
called the Forest Service Ranger District to find out about trail conditions
for our trip
planned menus for the trip (still have to do the quantity part) - many of
these girls have been Girl Scouts for 7-8 years, and have been camping,
in one form or another since then.
know what the suggested maximum pack weight is (Safety Wise says 20%,
not 25%), and know that there is no way they will meet it, as
some of them weigh 80 lbs wringing wet. (Side note - my nephew
the brand new Boy Scout went on a backpacking trip with a 25
lb pack, and he weights maybe 75 lbs - someone else carried
his pack for a while....)
The Leader (that's me) also carries the Community First Aid and CPR
certifications, is Troop Camping trained, has been backpacking (starting
out in the San Jacinto GS Council backpacking group) since she was 16.
She has also been a GS camp counselor for 2 summers, is a trained GS
leader, and earned the Girl Scout First Class Award in 1970.
The 2 other adults (one leader, one dad) are also experienced backpackers.
I'd say we are quite prepared, thank you.
I'll tell you how it went when we get back!
Lynne Fitzsimmons firstname.lastname@example.org
Leader, Cadette GS Troop 653
Portland, OR USA
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