Re: Plea for Help Regarding Merging Boy/Girl Scouts Orgs
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Thu, 26 Oct 1995 14:27:54 -0400
On Thu, 26 Oct 1995, Stern Dixon wrote:
> On the Girl Scout side, there were three leaders and a professional
> present. They showed a video and then announced that if we wanted a
> troop, we would have to start one that night.
> There were four of us there with Brownies -- none who knew anything about
> Scouting and were interested in getting into an existing troop.
As a Girl Scout leader, I must say, this is a common problem in GS. Lack
of adult leadership. Please keep in mind that these leaders are
volunteers and could very possibly be fairly new to scouting, and doing
this recruiting at the request of the profesional. Their
approach was obviously not the way I would of approached it, but hey, if
troops are full (and most in GS fill quickly), then a new troop needs to
be started. And lets face it, if a couple of parents don't agree to lead,
there will be no troop plain and simple. I realize it is nice to have
your child join an already existing troop to get the benefit of an
experienced leader, but many times leaders limit their troops to what they
feel they can handle (with what adult help they are receiving). I will
say that I feel many troops are limited to much smaller numbers than I
feel they should be. Many leaders just can't handle a higher amount of
girls because GS generally has a lack of parental involvement past the
leaders, and cookie moms. The leaders are not trained well enough to jump
into big troops. In GS, troops are seldom around the number of years a BS
troop holds its numbers. This also means as a whole the troops don't
pass on their experiences for 15 years on how to run a successful troop.
Everything must be started by a new leader. It is highly subjective to the
level of the leaders.
> I rec'd a letter two weeks later from the office saying that I
> should call if I was still interested in a troop for my daughter.
Registrations are processed in/or around October 1. After this time they
are better able to evaluate if there is an existing troop available to
take any new scouts, or if there is enough interest (and parental
involvement) to form a new troop.
> I don't know what this says, but my first impression of Girl Scouting was
> less than favorable.
I'm sorry your 1st touch with GS put a sour taste in your mouth. Please,
check further into this as your daughter will gain alot from scouts.
Perhaps if you cannot provide a leadership role from your family you can
see if the existing troop would be willing to take on one more if you
could guarantee lots of adult help when needed.
Lisa Varner << email@example.com >>
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