Re: Scouts in the news
Dori Byron Ed Byron (edndori@IAVBBS.COM)
Thu, 21 Mar 1996 11:14:43 +0000
> at least the troop in this article, did not
> require uniforms. They haven't been camping
> outdoors, just indoors at the Children's Museum.
> Is this true for the GS movement or is the
> Boston Globe picking on this specific unique
I have to defend my movement. I think you are getting a view of one troop.
In the Girl Scout movement there is a lot more individually for troops than
in Boy Scouting. There are no set plans for the month as there are in cubs
and no major list of badges to earn leading up to the Gold award as to Eagle.
One thing I like to tell my trainees is that if its 1.safe, 2. follows the
Promise and laws, 3. is financually responsible and 4. Is Girl planned it
is Girl Scouting. This allows for a LOT of diversity it the program. My 1st
grade Brownie girl Scouts are getting ready for their first camping trip. We
start small (by a trip to my farm to explore the out-of-doors -next week
not this due to the spring storm) Next we will spend some time making plans
and gadgets for camping. Then we will test them at an overnight at my house
and finally go camping. By the time they are in 4th and 5th grade I expect
they will be backpacking (now I guess I'd better get in shape). I have also
done the museum sleepover bit. In fact i co-directed one for 800 but thats
another story. Girl Scouting is alive and well and still living up to the
goals set down by Lord and Lady Badon Powell and Juliette Gordon Low.
Girl Scout leader and trainer
Linden, MI These comments are mine only and not my Councils or GSUSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City