Re: To get a discussion started. . .
J/C Porter (jcporter@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Wed, 28 May 1997 12:43:04 -0500
Matthew Kauffmann wrote:
> My daughters think Camp Fire and GSA are "lame."
> It sounds like Campfire and GSA are the ones that need the
> overhaul...if it ain't broke don't fix it...
I can't sit by again and listen to GSUSA get dised again. I've never
even been a Girl Scout and I'm not affiliated with it now.
I have several friends who are GS leaders. And Matthew, you are correct
in saying if the program is "lame" it needs an overhaul. But what may
need an overhaul is the individual GS troop...not the entire program.
Just from my outside observation, the GSUSA program seems to be a most
flexible program. They also seem to be girl-led at an earlier age than
our guys. My best friends daughter got involved in a Brownie (troop?
unit?) that was very much into tea parties and getting dressed up.
Well, that wasn't for her, so she found a unit that wanted to camp,
build things, play soccer, dig in the dirt. etc. Both units have been
around for three or four years and are doing fine.
Another friend at work leads a troop of going-into-junior high girls.
They are busy all the time with a wide variety of activities! One
month they went to the ballet, the next month they took a hike and went
camping. She's told me that her girls chose to camp at least 6 times a
year, but there are other things they want to sample - like ballet or
opera or plays or football games. She says she's along for the ride and
her biggest problem is that they want to do _everything_. Sounds like
some boys I know...
This same friend has told me that there are units that do mainly camping
and outdoor things. There are also those that are what she calls
"social." They have lots of parties and events, but very little outdoor
things. To me, this sounds like a program that _works_!
I guess my .02 is this. If your daughter thinks GSUSA or Campfire or
whatever program she is involved in is lame...roll up your sleeves and
help her make it right!
If I am off-target on this GSUSA leaders, please correct my aim. :D
BTW, Girl Scouts need way more service hours for their advancement than
Boy Scouts do for theirs. This is one reason Mustang District Cub Scout
Day Camp has so many Girl Scouts working with our pony camp (younger
siblings of Cubs). We call these girls Junior Helpers and they are a
godsend to the Pony Camp.
Trading Post Staff, 1997 National Jamboree
Webelos Den Leader, Pack 1087
Advancement Chair, Troop 424
Sam Houston Area Council - Katy, Texas
Likes and dislikes are among my favorites.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City