Girls Scouts vs. Boy Scouts
Maureen H. User (MaureenEH@AOL.COM)
Fri, 27 Oct 1995 15:54:10 -0400
As a lifelong girl scout, I feel compelled to comment on some of the recent
postings. First, a child's experience in either girl or boy scouts seems to
depend heavily on the quality of the adult leadership. I have been subjected
to the "sit around and do crafts" G.S. troop, yet I also know of several G.S.
troops which do as much if not more camping than the local boy scouts. In
fact, in southeastern Massachusetts, there is a G.S. troop that has been not
only participating in, but winning, snowflake camping competitions with the
boy scouts. The difference is a leader who has the outdoor skills (and/or is
not afraid of learning new skills) and is not afraid to take risks in
creating challenging activities for the girls.
On the subject of G.S. leaders, let me add that I am quite frustrated at the
moment. While I don't have a daughter, I am very interested in volunteering
with the local G.S. council. I am very qualified, being a teacher and having
spent several summers as a counselor and most recently as a camp director.
However, the local contact person has yet to find something for me to do.
She does not return my phone calls and she does not seem to be following
through on her own suggestions to me. Here I am offering my services - and I
have listed several specific areas of expertise - and I'm getting nowhere.
This is not to say that all councils or all administrative people in this
council are like this....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City