Re: Support for GSUSA leaders
Robert Gerhard (ZonieCat@AOL.COM)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 11:22:48 -0500
In a message dated 97-02-11 17:45:51 EST, you write:
<< I don't know the answer. I have talked to many of the mothers in my
Pack, who have been or are GSUSA leaders, and they all prefer the BSA
organization format. I can't count how many of the girls would be quite
happy to put on a blue uniform and join a Den. I guess the answer I see
is that our adults work hard to make learning fun, and all I have seen
with Brownies is they make fun a lot of hard work.
Maybe I just live in a "bad neighborhood". I see big problems with
lack of GS troop continuity--they build no traditions at a school or
church, and the girls are mixed in ages and grades at the whims of the
leaders. If a troop dies, their cookie money goes to the Council. They
own nothing to pass on, not even their troop #. >>
Some of this really hits home. I think those of us who are used to the
structure we find in BSA are stymied by GSUSAs lack of it. But the lack of
support, I think, does come from a bad neighborhood.
When my wife picked up the reigns for our GS troop (with eight girls) we
found tons of support, ideas and help from the Council office and our Service
Unit. By the time we had to give up the troop (relocated...argh!) we had 17
girls! (The eight originals had been Brownies together. We 'inherited' them
just as their first year as Juniors was begining.)
This group of girls have had some great fun, built some great friendships and
accomplished a whole lot! It is sad to think that their troop will be no
more when they move on. That, in my mind, is a fault of the GSUSA program.
While tradition may be high on BSAs list of priorities, it doesn't seem to
be so in GSUSA (at least, not on the unit level). While I can see where
GSUSA's treatment of units can really simplify paperwork, I think they're
sacrificing the good that can come of a unit having a long history (or any
history, for that matter) and association with their community.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City