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RE: [ScoutRadio] Re: Girls are Scouts too!

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  • Stephen M. Shearer
    Just guessing. One of the issues I have seen in local troops {Delaware} is school. Band, sports, and other required outside activates. I think the next
    Message 1 of 41 , Feb 26, 2013

      Just guessing…  One of the “issues” I have seen in local troops {Delaware} is school.  Band, sports, and other required outside activates. 


      I think the next polarizing issue BSA is going to deal with is the gay issue if they go gay.  I know adults that will leave.  One of the local councils has already gone gay for money reasons.  Since they are violating national police (for now) I am surprised they still have a charter (does a council have a charter?).


      Now on the bright side… One of the local Girl Scout troops has had me give them a Ham Radio program and electronics (soldering a blinking LED kit).  The troop is now part of a Crew that camped in the cold for Gold Rush.  I don’t know if they are duel membership.

      Our local boy scout camp is about 25% female and part of the camp Crew.



      From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Brian Murrey
      Sent: 26 February, 2013 4:07 PM
      To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [ScoutRadio] Re: Girls are Scouts too!



      What does Scouts Canada attribute this tremendous drop in membership
      to? What is the most significant factor that has caused this decline?



    • Frank Krizan
      Similarly, take a look at a program developed by Mark Spencer of ARRL: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Scouting/ScoutsMeritBadge.ppt This is an ARRL legacy
      Message 41 of 41 , Feb 28, 2013
        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 the 
        Girl 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 program
        on their Scouting pages.  

        The Girl Scout Radio Badge was an adaptation of the BSA Radio Merit Badge.  

        73, Frank KR1ZAN
        Garland, 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.


        On Feb 28, 2013, at 5:08 PM, J.Gordon Beattie, Jr., W2TTT wrote:


        Hi Folks!

        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



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