Girl Scout modernization

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    Girl Scout modernization

    What would you do to appeal to the next generation of would-be Girl Scouts?
     
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    Girl Scout modernization

    My daughter did scouts for a couple of years but quit when the emphasis was more on selling cookies and getting badges than on having fun. It was probably just the type A troop leader but it became such a chore to sell the most cookies and to get the most badges. Aside from weekly meetings with some arts and crafts nothing else ever happened. All the promised camping trips and outings never seemed to occur.
     
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    Girl Scout modernization

    I don't know if these are changes, but here is what I would like to see in Girl Scouts. 1. Exposure to various types of careers, including careers that the girls might not enter, for the sake of exposing them to both career possibilities and people they might not otherwise meet. 2. In order to help girls discover their talents and hidden potentials, in addition to career opportunities, I would also take them to various cultural events and venues: plays, operas, ballets, science museums, historical museums, art museums. I would also arrange meetings with people behind the scenes: directors, singers, dancers, scientists, archivists, artists, curators, etc. 3. On a more practical level, I would change the current system of brownies, juniors, cadettes, and seniors. Too often girls quit scouts when they enter junior high or high school, the very moment when they are to become cadettes and seniors. i would try to restructure the program so that the start of a new level in scouting does not coincide with the transition to junior high or high school, which prompts girl to think that Girl Scouts doesn't fit with the small marker of maturity that they think a new school level entails. 4. I would like to see Girl Scouts thoroughly grounded in their communities. They should not only conduct local volunteer projects, but also learn local history and become familiar with the present-day social, economic, and political issues of where they live. Girl Scouts, in other words, should help girls become engaged citizens. 5. Troop leaders are needed to provide structure and guidance, but girls should also be given an opportunity to learn how to plan meetings, events, and activities of their choosing. 6. Is there a guide book for troop leaders? Guide books exist for the girls, I know. Being a troop leader is not the same as being a parent. I would like to see a guide book for troop leaders that clearly spells out the goals of the organization, with suggestions for how activities can meet specific goals. How do you teach a young girl leadership skills? There are many ways of doing that, but it's not always easy to imagine how to reach such a goal. 7. The national organization or local council should keep tabs on troop leaders and troops, to make sure that no one is just sitting around making crafts every week.
     
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    Re: Girl Scout modernization

    BDC, as a girl scout and troop leader for several years - I do agree with you that scouting has gone "down the drain". In order to restore it - I believe we should go back to what it once was. Namely to bring girls up to find their potentials and to be leaders in the society.
    Selling cookies - just don't do it. And the emphasise on selling the most - is just not what girl scouting is all about.
    To the mother that was upset, that her daughter had "no fun" - I only want to say, that girl scouting is not entertainment or babysitting. Girl scouting is a serious matter. The badges they earn is to introduce the girls to areas, they would not normally touch and learn about. My badge for "First Help"- for example - has come in handy on many occasions, when I had to attend emergencies for my children.
    Girl scouting is a wonderful outlet as long as one take it seriously.


    What would you do to appeal to the next generation of would-be Girl Scouts?
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    Re: Girl Scout modernization

    Konk -we did many of the things you mention, and much more, in my girl scout troop. The thing Girl Scouts needs is for parents to get involved. Don't think you can just drop your daughter off and expect Girl Scouts to do all the work. Talk to the troop leader, ask about troop  visits to your office so girls can see what it is you do for a living. Ask local businesses if the troop could tour their workplace and learn about their jobs. Volunteer to help chaperone a trip to the ballet or science lab. The reason my troop was so active and successful is because all of our parents were involved with it and wanted to know what we were doing. We volunteered around town, picked up trash, delivered Thanksgiving dinner to the local food pantry, donated health and beauty products to the women's shelter- all these things need more than 1 troop leader to organize.
    The cookies are a way for a troop to come up with the money to do some of these activities. That's the value of the exercise, the more you sell, the more options your troop will have for the coming year.

    Pingo- I'll bet you're an awesome troop leader!
     
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    Re: Girl Scout modernization

    I agree with pingo, as usual.  Girl Scouting is not about partying, pillow fights, and gossip, it's serious.  It should be an offshoot of a parents' teaching her young woman values and skills that serve her well for her whole life.  Of course, they should have fun along the way, just like in life.  If you can't laugh, you're doomed.

    I think GS are hiding behind the cookies to avoid being sued or otherwise attacked for teaching the girls grass roots morals and values that can be considered biblical/Christian.  To avoid the issue, they focus on cookies, cookies, and more cookies.

    Our country, now on its way to socialism, has fallen away from the Christian values that made it great in the name of the almighty Tollerance and Political Correctness.  GS is a casualty of this, and I don't believe it can be turned around...just like our trillion dollar spending spree.

    I'm a downer, I know, but it's how I feel.  The days of In God we Trust are over.  May as well change the motto to In Whatever We Go Along With.
     
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