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Everything posted by Treflienne

  1. Convenience of scheduling both sons and daughters is an issue for some local families. We are talking about the linked boys and girls troops meeting at the same time in different rooms of a local church. Easier on families' schedules. Easier to borrow ASMs back and forth. As the new girls troop gets started, might want to borrow some of the higher ranked boys as skills teachers on occasion. Some joint outings as well as separate outings. We are still trying to figure it all out. The current boy scouts (youth) opinion matters. As far as scouts with younger siblings. Same as
  2. They grow like weeds in my part of the country. If you try looking at google maps satellite view for a less built up area, all you can see are the trees.
  3. Years back, one of the graces that Girl Scouts used (back when they sang grace at camp) went Neath these tall green trees we stand, asking blessings from thy hand. Thanks we give to thee above, for thy gifts: health, strength, and love. This made an attempt to neatly sidestep the issue of the proper name/title for God. But it did make the assumptions that God could be addressed with the familiar "thee", that it was proper to ask blessings from God and to give thanks to God, and that God was the source of good gifts to people. I went to a camp training once, led by a 70-year-ol
  4. Who can create new Forums or subforums? Besides topics in "Faith and Chaplaincy", we are also seeing more topics suitable for the also-yet-to-be-created "Starting a new Scouts BSA girls' troop - practical how-to's" forum or subforum. I'd also be interested in a "Faith and Chaplaincy" forum. That aspect of BSA is currently absent from that other scouting organization in which I have spent a lot of years. I'm curious about best practises and other scouters' experiences. To what degree and how can you encourage the scouts to take their families' faiths seriously (or at least what can
  5. The other really intimidating thing about becoming a girl scout leader was realizing that I was the face of scouting to these kids. There was no pack, no pack meeting, no larger group with which we met regularly. (Maybe a service unit event a couple of time a year, which many of the girls did not attend because it was not at a convenient time for them.) There was also no decent handbook. (Just the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting which was rather empty of information and overpriced, and which very very few families bought. Also the Journey books, but what they contained was not the scoutin
  6. Hi @Hawkwin Selective quoting there. You missed the part where I said It is a different picture if the new family is willing to always have an adult available to help out. GSUSA troops have nothing like a committee chair or a committee to help recruit additional adult leaders or to handle paperwork. For a typical troop it all falls on the two parents who have stepped up be leaders. (And for a year-and-a-half I was the leader of a troop which really didn't have two leaders. After my co-leader's job situation changed preventing her from continuing, I relied on a ro
  7. Typically troops start with no money, no equipment, no meeting place, two adults who have never been scout leaders before, and a dozen kindergarten girls. Moreover the council wants us to end the year having zeroed out the bank balance, unless the money is earmarked for a specific future need. Leaders are supposed to find a meeting place that they can meet, for no fee, that is preferably in a public location (school, church, business, etc) and that is handicapped accessible. (Though there is a loophole that allows troops to meet in private homes if certain conditions are met. Some leader
  8. There are (sadly) some circumstances when that is a quite rational response, actually. Let's say you have a Brownie troop with exactly 12 girls. You only need two adults for going on a field trip. (Two adults can supervise up to 12 Brownies on an outing, and you can fit 12 girls into two minivans.) Add one more girl, and you will need a third adult any time you leave your regular meeting place. If the troop leaders have been having trouble finding additional volunteers, I could certainly see troop leaders in that situation not wanting a 13th girl unless her mom (or dad) volunteered to
  9. That is a very telling quote. And from a Girl Scouts Vice President. It matches what I have seen in the types of program materials that the GS national office has been putting out during the years my daughter has been in scouts. Girl Scouts is a very broad organization. It has lots of long-term members, more or less active as volunteers, who have strong opinions, not all the same. Some have been tugging hard in an outdoor direction (not necessarily successfully). Others volunteers are perfectly happy with the more modern approach the GSUSA has been taking. In part
  10. Your quote from Baden-Powell does not support the assertion that he thought that "to do their duty to God through doing their duty to their neighbor" was "the entirety of one's service". That quote could equally well have been written by someone who thought that "to do their duty to God through doing their duty to their neighbor" was only part of doing their duty to God.
  11. I don't quite get it. A Juliette is Girl Scout who is not a member of a troop -- what you might call a lone scout. But what is the connection between the name Romeo and being a boy scout?
  12. So we've got four different Boy Scouts troops in our school district talking together about how to help a new girl's troop get started, and to which troop it will link. And my daughter is also already a member of a Girl Scout troop. It is easy for me to refer to these five scout troops as Troop 1, Troop 2, Troop 33, Troop 444, and Troop 77777. (Those aren't the actual numbers). But to refer to the new, soon-to-be-started Scouts BSA troop for girls? That takes a lot of words. It will be easier once it has a number.
  13. What the infographic, which I'd seen before, says is I am being very careful to comply. To do so sometimes requires lengthy circumlocutions. I am well aware of the need to avoid confusion. After all my daughter, who wants to be a Scout (of the Scouts BSA variety) is also already a Girl Scout. And she is a member of a Girl Scout Troop (of the GSUSA variety) , and wants to also join a Scout Troop (of the Scouts BSA variety) intended for girls.
  14. I think that saying simply "scouts" is what will work in most situations in the long run. And if you need to be more specific you can say something like "the Artemis Patrol" (Hi @Hawkwin ) or "Troop 19". But at the present we, locally, just have a group of girls who are potentially interested in becoming Scouts who don't have a patrol name and don't have a troop number yet.
  15. Only sort-of. While they will be in "Scouts BSA" rather than "Boy Scouts", they will still be boy Scouts (which sounds the same) and part of the Boy Scouts of America. I expect that people will still be calling them boy Scouts (or Boy Scouts) for years. By the way I'm finding it really awkward to need to avoid referring to the girls who will be Scouts as "girl Scouts". What phrasing rolls off the tongue most easily for you? Scout girls? girl Boy Scouts? When trying to recruit girls and their parents for "Scouts BSA" I am definitely using the name "Boy Scouts" since t
  16. Actually, that one seems pretty scanty. For more about the very early days of girls in Scouting in the USA, try something like the biography Juliette Low by Mildred Mastin Pace. (Maybe there are better biographies around, but this is the one I happen to have -- written for girls to read.) And of course, girls in Scouting did not begin in the USA -- you have to go back to the UK for that.
  17. So I actually see a couple of different needs 1) something quite brief to explain to a parent who knows nothing about BSA (cubs or boy scouts) why Scouts BSA will be a valuable program for their daughter or son - including the benefits of patrol method, scout-led, failure as a tool, etc, and also listing the oath, the laws, and perhaps the methods. (This is for parents you are trying to convince that Scouts is worthwhile, after your kid has convinced their kid that scouts will be fun.) 2) once the kid has committed to joining -- then training for parents on how to be helpful (and
  18. And any suggestion of a good, brief, something that can be handed to new parents to read? I'm starting to meet the parents of some of the local girls interested in Scouts BSA. A couple have brothers already in BSA, but others have no previous family connection with BSA at all --- including immigrant parents some of whom did scouting in their home country, but some of whom grew up in a home country that had no scouting movement at all.
  19. Only a couple of pages in the middle of the book are actually about the Crystal Palace rally. But my daughter also enjoyed learning about Baden-Powell's earlier history also and the beginnings of Boy Scouting in England.
  20. If you really want to go back to the early days, pre BSA, go back as far as the Crystal Palace Rally of 1909. A number of girls showed up there calling themselves "Girl Scouts". One of those girls was Marguerite de Beaumont who later wrote a biography of Baden-Powell, which my daughter really enjoyed reading. The book is The Wolf That Never Sleeps and it was published by the Girl Guide Association in England in 1944 (with some later reprints.) I was able to find it through alibris.com.
  21. How about adding a forum (or a subforum under Open Discussion - Program) with a name something like: "Starting a new Scouts BSA girls' troop - practical how-to's" This would be a place to how to best get the girls' troops started, and how to have the best possible experience for the girls AND for the boys in the troops to which they are linked, not a place to rehash whether they should be started.
  22. And these are some discussions that might well be moved to the new forum/subforum:
  23. Sure. Do that please. Call it something like "Starting a new Scouts BSA unit". I imagine that a lot of the discussion this year would be about the girls units. But I also imagine that much of that would apply to any unit, and that we have a lot to learn from others who have started new Boy Scout units in the past.
  24. Hey moderators, @RememberSchiff, @MattR, @LeCastor, @John-in-KC, etc, Let's have a subform on the practical how-to's of starting new troops for girls. There have been, and I am sure there will be, more discussions on the topic, and a subforum will make it easier for others to find the useful information.
  25. The GSUSA council is probably invoking its no-fundraising-for-other-organizations policy. I certainly agree. The article also says For the info of you BSA guys: the girl scout council owns the girl scout troop's bank accounts. There are no COs. The next question is whether the funds that were raised for the families, and which were being temporarily held in the troop's bank account, will actually end up with the families.
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