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To: GrandMoM
Having been a Girl Scout 30 years ago, I was shocked and saddened at the decline of the scouting program that my daughter "enjoys". The Boy Scout program is far superior. It is intellectually more challenging; presents more survival, nature, and camping skills; and, demands more real, hands-on activities in its badge requirements.

But follow the money. The cookies are smaller and cost more than inflation would demand. (Berry made a great cookie in the 60's.) A small fraction of the cookie price goes to the troop--most of the profits fuel the council, where according to this article, the lesbians are employed. The troop is required to use up their excess money by the end of the year; ergo, the troop never acquires enough money to make good long-term investments in things like camping equipment. This way, too, the GSA troops do not develop the long-term identity the BSA troops do and the council stays all powerful while the troops remain weak links.

My daughter is still a scout because she needs social contact with a variety of girls. I refuse to sell the cookies and calendars, or whatever the fund-raiser-of-the-month is. After all, I think scouting should be more than on-the-job training for door-to-door sales. However, I can't wait for her to get old enough to join a BSA explorer group and really learn something that matters.

So send the GSA a message--don't buy their darned cookies and tell any parent of any child who asks for the order why they should reconsider the agenda of their parent organization. Without a grassroots movement from the bottom up (or a rapid decline in scouting as a result of demographic changes like a post-boomlet bust), these get-along-go-along spineless mooches will not get it.

26 posted on 05/29/2002 8:00:35 AM PDT by MHT
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To: MHT
....this really saddens me, as I was a GS leader some 30 years ago.

While I viewed some of the leaders less then feminine,I never thought about them being GAY! ....I guess I was really naive back then.

34 posted on 05/29/2002 8:14:57 AM PDT by GrandMoM
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To: MHT
I know this is somewhat off topic, but do you remember Berry Chocolate chip cookies? They came in sets of 4 cellophane wrappers to a box, and they were the best. My father had a box always, and it was a special treat to get one.
35 posted on 05/29/2002 8:17:07 AM PDT by I still care
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To: MHT
A small fraction of the cookie price goes to the troop--most of the profits fuel the council, where according to this article, the lesbians are employed. The troop is required to use up their excess money by the end of the year; ergo, the troop never acquires enough money to make good long-term investments in things like camping equipment.

OK, then. So why not say "to hell with the council", have cupcake sales (or whatever), keeping 100% of the money for the troop, and buy equiptment? I don't see the problem -- an insurrection of the scouts and their moms would leave the councils high and dry

63 posted on 05/29/2002 10:08:05 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor
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To: MHT
Good tip. I will try to make a small cash contribution and forgo buying the treats!
117 posted on 02/21/2004 7:50:57 AM PST by Edgewood Pilot
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