Re: GSA Policy
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Wed, 10 Jul 1996 11:48:38 -0400
On Tue, 9 Jul 1996, Steven M. Horvath wrote:
> I need to check the validity of a GSA policy. Is it true that the Girl
> Scouts will take on new members only once per year?
You did not mention if your daughter was already a scout or not.
This is not policy, but this is many times what actualy happens. Around
here, if a girl is already in scouting they try their best to get them in
an existing troop. With a girl who has never been a scout before, many
times she is asked to wait and be brought in and taught GS ways at the
start of the new (school) year. It is hard to backstep for an untrained
scout while you are trying to plan campouts and activities. At the
beginning of the year most troops end of reviewing their policies and
Now, if a troop is small and willing to take on more girls, the leader
usually makes this known to the registrar or service unit
manager/director, and any new girls can be placed immediately.
Or many times a friend of someone in an existing troop wants to join. The
leader can then say "I can take her now" or "Please bring her by for
registration in September." Leaders have the ultimate say in how many
girls they will have in their troop.
Many leaders limit the troops to how many seatbelts are available for
traveling. Many leaders of younger scouts find it easier to handle a
small troop, and keep their numbers down. But in fact, when the girls get
older it is easier to have that larger troop to be assured you have enough
scouts for a particular event.
My feelings are NO girl should be turned away from my troop, unfortunately
other leaders feel differently.
Do by all means check with council.
Lisa Varner << email@example.com >>
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