Re: FREE Patch CHALLENGE #4
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 22:49:45 -0400
> The posting should include a brief explanation of WHAT the
> tradition is; a discussion of WHO started the tradition and WHEN
> it started; an explaination of WHY the tradition was started; a
> reference to WHERE others can go to verify the authenticity of
> the historical information; and HOW the tradition is still
> relevant today.
Well Jim, and others, while I understand your request for
background on a tradition, I am unable to quote text because I do
not have posession of our troop books. Also since I'm a GSUSA
leader, this contest really doesn't apply to me, BUT, I would like
to relay some GS info to interested list readers to show we too
go back to BP.
Lord Baden-Powell believed you could gain a greater understanding
of the world by looking beyond yourself. His quote, "Look wide
and when you think you're looking wide, look wider still,"
inspired the term "Wider Opportunities". These provide girls of
all ages opportunities outside the troop/group setting. For
younger girls it may be a day at the zoo, for older girls it
usually means national or international travel!
Today these are well known amoung older girl scouts mainly, as
(taken from the "WIDER OPS Adventures for Older Girls 1996"
"Wider opportunities. They can be around the corner or
around the world. Anytime a girl does something outside her
troop or group she's on a wider opportunity.
But Girl Scouting also offers girls the chance to travel and
learn with other girls from every part of the globe. Individual
Girl Scout councils sponser national wider opportunities;
international wider opportunities are implemented by Girl Guide
associations in other countries. Both are open to all registered
Girl Scouts ages 12-17 or graduating high school seniors.
Wider ops are planned around the interests and needs of
young women today and vary in size, theme, and cost. Of course,
as with all other aspects of Girl Scout program, health and
safety issues are the first consideration."
Food for thought...
Lisa Varner << firstname.lastname@example.org >>
Haven't been there. Don't want to go. Don't need another t-shirt!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City