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About Beery

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  1. Biggest difference for me: if I had any boys, they absolutely wouldn't be allowed into the BSA because the BSA requires members to believe in a god. From my perspective, any consideration I might have had for the BSA has to end right there, making the BSA completely irrelevant to me, even if it was the best scouting organization ever. My attitude is that if they kick people out because of a difference in beliefs about an issue which no one can prove either way, then the organization is fundamentally flawed. The Girl Scouts not only allow anyone to join (although the kids have to identify a
  2. I must be unusual, in that I seem to be the only Girl Scout parent who prefers the Toffee-Tastic cookies (the ones Charlotte rates as "bleak and flavorless"). I'm the only one who ever buys them from our troop, and I think they're delicious - though they're probably really bad for my waistline.
  3. In my experience (as the dad of an 8-year veteran Girl Scout who just graduated to Senior level), a lot of the dissatisfaction comes from the fact that the Girl Scout national leadership is completely out of touch with what Girl Scouting should be. Juliette Low is, I imagine, turning in her grave at the lack of outdoor activities combined with the bureaucratic nightmare Girl Scouts has become. The epitome of this is the Journey program, which is a perfect example of how to make scouting a chore. I know many of us either ignore the requirements altogether, or try our best to find the fun factor
  4. Thanks. Also, based on what I see here, the patch looks to be about 1" tall by 2" wide. It shouldn't be too hard to replicate.
  5. Hi folks. First post here. The Juliettes patch looks like this: Apparently, the Girl Scouts store no longer sells this patch, which is very weird to me, since not everyone has easy access to a local troop, but a lot of things are weird with the upper levels of the organization recently. One thing we can do is take matters into our own hands and fix things at the grassroots level, and I think this is one of them. There are a number of places online that allow you to make your own custom patches. Here's one: https://www.custompatches.net/designing.html
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