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  •  I was a Girl Scout... (2+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, deha

    ...and except for a summer or two of camp, it pretty much sucked. OK, it was the 60's, but while my brother was learning all sorts of cool stuff, we did all those "girly" things that were to prepare us for being mommies. I'm not sure how much that has changed. Maybe some, but Girl Scouts still don't get all the opportunities that Boy Scouts do.

    Today's kids could benefit from at least the same programs, if not integration.

    Of course, the Boy Scouts, like the Catholic Church, has a few things they need to address - pedophilia and homophobia (they don't allow gay scouts or scout leaders) to name two.

    My brother reached Eagle Scout and enjoyed his time in scouting. But even back then it was conservative. They weren't going to give my brother his Eagle becuase my mom was anti-Vietnam War. Then, as now, the Scouts are pretty conservative.

    •  Probably depends on the troop (0+ / 0-)

      and the area; we had the Cooking badge and all that other stuff, but we had to plan camping trips (including the menus) and do our share of the setup though usually it was the troopleader's husband/son who did much of the heavy work (though that was probably more due to age -- most of us 11-12 year olds didn't have the muscles yet for tent pitching in hard ground).

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      by Cali Scribe on Sat Aug 07, 2010 at 10:29:28 AM PDT

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    •  I was lucky, I guess (1+ / 0-)
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      MA Liberal

      I was in Girl Scouts in the 1960s, too, but we did lots of outdoor stuff like camping and hiking. I never felt like we were being relegated to "girl" stuff, at least not at the Junior level. It probably depends on the troop leadership, though.

      Thinking back, I believe the girls in my Junior troop benefited from having a leader who thought her daughter deserved the same kind of scouting experience her sons were getting. Thanks, Mrs. R! When we got to Cadettes, though, it was a different story, and I didn't last long.

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      by deha on Sat Aug 07, 2010 at 11:45:33 AM PDT

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