Skip to comments.Anyone have any experience with the Brownies?
Posted on 11/18/2005 10:05:30 AM PST by Maceman
My 7-year-old daughter recently asked if she could join the Brownies like some of her friends.
I am inclined not to let her join, because my understanding is that the Brownies (and the Girl Scouts) are not what they were when I was growing up in the 1950s.
Still, I hate to deprive my daughter of a valuable experience with her friends.
The fact is, I really don't know much about the Brownies, since I was a Cub Scout (and Boy Scout) back in the days when we were allowed to proudly wear our uniforms in school, replete with the requisite Cub Scout/Boy Scout knives dangling from our belts.
Any parents have any experience with the modern Brownies? Have they completely adopted the Progressive agenda, and what is the Brownie experience like these days?
Thanks for you help.
Make brownies for your kid instead of making your kid for Brownies......
The Brownies raise money for Girl Scout funds that donate to Planned Parenthood. I will never allow my daughter to join for that reason.
My daughter was in the Brownies about 9 years ago. It seemed pretty much like it was when my sister was in it when I was a kid.
Remember that these organizations for the most part are what you make of them. If you get into a group that's good, then it will probably be a good experience.
Yeah. If you put too much pot in them you can get really messed up.
Sorry, couldn't resist.
My sister was in the Brownies. The only thing that I remember was their annoying theme song.
On my honor I will try
Theres a duty to be done when I say I!
Theres a duty to be done and I will try
My honor is try and my duty is to love
I think it depends almost entirely on who's leading the local troop that your daughter would be in. This type of organization has extremely wide latitude in what individual troop leaders choose to do. If you know any parents of girls who are already in the troop in question, have a chat with them. Otherwise, have a chat with the troop leader.
When he goes through the "We-Blows?"
The Girl Scouts as a National Organization are very politically correct. However, local units of the Girl Scouts are far more independent than local Boy Scout units are. If you are the one willing to lead, your unit will reflect your values.
We did it for 10 years. We started with 26 Brownies and graduated 5 Senior Girl Scouts last year. I'm pretty proud of the young women that graduated from our troop.
folks would be shocked where their charity money goes
Well, my 17 and 14 year old has been in Girl Scounts now since Daisey's....and both are all about God and Country. They both love it still.
It really depends on the leaders and their ability to stand up against anything not right. My wife spent many years helping, camping and disposing of anything that was wrong from the head office in her opinion.
With anything now days.....you have to watch it yourself and it really depends on the leader of the group.
They ARE NOT what they used to be!
My younger daughters will be joining 4-H.
If her friends and their parents are in the group, and you share values and enjoy being around them, why not let her join too? It's a bunch of little girls doing crafts... the leadership is local. Let her join, and if you're interested in the content of meetings.. then go and contribute to the meetings. I would not keep my daughter from enjoying activities just because of some politics somewhere else. That's my .2 cents.
I agree though that you should make sure who is actually leading the group your child will be in and attend all meetings, etc....watch out for where the money goes also.
My daughter does the Girl Scout thing also. She loves it. I have not had any problems with liberalism and this organization so far. They meet on Friday nights for a few hours. I did get a flier in the mail and it said something about "it takes a village to raise a child". I threw it out. It is a local troop and very non political so far. She started as a Brownie and now she is a Junior.
Oh let her join,there is more good than bad in the organization.
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