Re: [ScoutRadio] Re: Girls are Scouts too!
- I have not had much experience with the Girl Scout program. The closest was my sister and she left early due to the lack of invigoration of the mind and lack of outdoor activities.On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM, Richard Gallant <kf4hvt@...> wrote:In a few of the comments it was mentioned that some of these girls dual enroll... I can tell you here in South Florida they generally drop out of the Girl Scouts at age 14 and join Venturing. I am the District Commissioner for one of our district and I had the occasion to speak to one of the Girl Scout professionals about the girl scouts and they were completely clueless why there program had a mass exodus at age 14... One day the girl scouts will cease to exist because they are running around with blinders on and not giving the program the girls want... I only hope the blinders come off before the entire program goes away.
From: wb2boo <k2gw@...>
Sent: Tue, February 26, 2013 9:08:18 AM
Subject: [ScoutRadio] Re: Girls are Scouts too!
It isn't for lack of trying by the ARRL, the ARRL Scouting Committee, individual hams, or even BSA itself, but GSUSA has consistently ignored all of our attempts over the past decade or so to get them to sponsor an equivalent to BSA's Radio Merit Badge on a national level.
The merit badge is the secret. The Boy Scouts show up (and their leaders encourage them) because they can earn a merit badge to advance in Scouting. So now we have a captive audience for a few hours. But even when we offer the same program to girls, none except the daughters of hams show up because it doesn't help them advance in Girl Scouts.
BSA and ARRL have a written two year old Memorandum of Understanding which is why you're seeing all of the BSA effort here.
I believe that the education department at ARRL is currently trying again to get GSUSA to understand that Radio is a great method to get girls interested in science, engineering, and technology. If anyone has the ear of any senior officials at GSUSA please let the Education Depratment of ARRL HQ know.
Thanks & 73
- Similarly, take a look at a program developed by Mark Spencer of ARRL:This is an ARRL legacy document. At Camp Whispering Cedars (GSUSA) in Dallas, we sent theGirl Scout Radio Badge image to a patch manufacturer to copy. Last we heard (several years ago)was that the original source no longer supplied the badges. The ARRL no longer mentions this programon their Scouting pages.The Girl Scout Radio Badge was an adaptation of the BSA Radio Merit Badge.73, Frank KR1ZANGarland, TX
On Feb 28, 2013, at 7:13 PM, Walter Underwood <wunder@...> wrote:
This old ARRL publication has a suggested radio badge for different levels of Girl Scouts.wunderK6WRUOn Feb 28, 2013, at 5:08 PM, J.Gordon Beattie, Jr., W2TTT wrote:
Given that I have three sons who are Scouts/Scouters (2 Eagles, 1 on the way) and my belief that daughters need quality programs, I might be inclined to put some young ladies through the Radio Merit Badge program and simply issue them the badge…probably not an action compliant with BSA policy, but it would be worth it to see the reaction of a GSUSA adult when she spots a Girl Scout/Venturer with a Radio Merit Badge patch on their vest! J
It is hard enough to get the parents of boys to engage in traditional Boy Scouting programs. From my experience, it is even harder to get parents to support their daughters in Venturing, especially if the program is similar to that of a Boy Scout Troop with respect to the high adventure activities. That is a shame. If my sons have daughters, I will be all over them to be supportive of their daughters the way my wife and I were for them.
Yours in Scouting!
Thanks & 73,
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT