GSUSA and BSA
Dana and Marian McQuaid (mcquaid@TIAC.NET)
Sat, 15 Feb 1997 15:05:45 -0800
Can we stand one more comment?
Let's see. My daughter, Mimi, is 6, in kindergarten and is an
independent Daisy. I signed up to be a leader, and mistakenly thought
that when I was handed the troops folder of info, that it would be
alright if I took the bull by the horns. I talked to one "co-leader"
and offered the use of my home, on Wednesdays for the meetings. She
thought it was fine. Most of the girls live near me, and said
Wednesdays would be fine,too. Well, when I got in touch with the third
leader, everything I did was wrong! Seems she was a leader last year
and had kept her daughter back (in Scouts and school) and was determined
to do everything her way. The other leader said whatever. So, the
troop is meeting at place inconvenient to most of the girls, at a time
inconvenient to the less experienced co-leader.
I should point out that I took all their training, read the books,
and that Mimi is special needs. Hmmmm. The DE called me and told me
that it just wouldn't work to have Mimi in this troop, and didn't offer
to try the other Troops in town.
So, Mimi and I are doing stuff in her Daisy book ourselves. I'll
offer to be a Brownie Leader with an assistant. None of this
"co-leader" stuff ( we saw the committee's answer for a horse
design--the camel) for me.
I've shared the Daisy stuff with other Cub Leaders at RT. They like
some of it.
And, I just don't get how 10 girls in one grade level can be a troop?
Yeah, it works in Cubs because of the achievements of Wolf vs. Bear, but
When I was a GS leader (15+ yrs ago) Multi-age Jr. troops were so easy!
That's what I'll do when it comes time. A multi-age JR. troop and so on
up the line.
Well, that's enough for now.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City