Re: Scouts in the news
Lynne Fitzsimmons (lynnef@MDHOST.CSE.TEK.COM)
Thu, 21 Mar 1996 10:00:00 PST
>GS, 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
As a Girl Scout of 20 years, 10 as an adult member, I will
attempt to reply.
A girl is considered in uniform if she is wearing her membership
pin. The reality of the situation is that many girls don't wear
their uniform. They probably own at least part of it, and dig it
out for special occasions, but don't wear it to meetings. My daughter
has a complete uniform (fancy and casual) - she wore it to Girl Scout
Shabbat last year, and to march in the July 4th parade last summer.
My troop meets right after school. They are in middle school, and wouldn't
DREAM of wearing their uniforms to school. I did get them in their
non-official Girl Scout sweatshirts to sell cookies in booths though.
I always wear my uniform (the nice new one) to meetings and stuff, but
it hasn't rubbed off on the girls. I could go back to handing out Jolly
Ranchers for unform pieces worn to meetings, I suppose.
Camping. It varies from troop to troop. We went camping in the fall, went
backpacking last summer, and have 3 campouts in 4 weeks planned, starting
April 26th. We'll probably go backpacking again this summer. Fortunately,
one of those weekends is also Camporee, so my husband and Webelos won't feel
However, if the girls aren't much interested in camping, there's nothing
in the program that says they HAVE to camp. I have girls in my troop who
haven't attended a campout in years. But they are first in line to sign
up to be Program Aides for Day Camp, because they love working with younger
Lynne Fitzsimmons email@example.com
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