[quote=DiZent]Actually, the amount the troops get to keep varies from council to council. We got 50 cents per box. A troop is required to participate in the cookie sale and the family plesge drive in order to be approved for holding any other fund-raising activity…
And in our council, we get half the retail price. Daisies, to the best of my knoweldge, sell nothing per national guidelines. They also aren’t allowed to stay overnight or go over 25 miles from home for the day, with a 4:1 ratio of Daisies to adults on an outing.
[quote=Arwen037]Excuse me, I believe this comment was innapropriate. I find it highly offensive…It’s a sad day when we tell parents and children it is a sin to be a Girl Scout.
It is a sad day indeed. I will concur with your opinion that a lot of Girl Scouting, despite some pressures from National, is controlled at the local troop or group level. That being said, in some areas councils and service units are a little more forceful in their pursuit than others regarding the issue of contraception, abortion and homosexual issues. Could it depend on the locale, such as midwestern culture over western or eastern culture? Possibly.
As I stated earlier, the national organization has made a swing from the 80s adaptation of the promise and laws. I don’t have a copy in front of me, but it was VERY politically correct and actively engaged in gender-neutral language and extremisms for the evironment from the promise and laws I upheld as a scout. It sounded like a pledge to a 60s or 70s commune, and talked a great deal about ecology.
Before that, this is what scouts upheld, going all the way back to 1912:
"On my honor, I will try, to do my duty to God and my country; to help othe rpeople at all times, and to obey the Girl Scout law.
“A Girl Scout’s honor is to be trusted. A Girl Scout is loyal. A Girl Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others. A Girl Scout is a friend to all and sister to every other Girl Scout. A Girl Scout is courteous. A Girl Scout is a friend to animals. A Girl Scout obeys orders. A Girl Scout is cheerful. A Girl Scout is thrifty. A Girl Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.”
Pretty similar to Boy Scouts, right?
(Look toward the bottom of the page)
For whatever reasons, when the new pledge came in, girls dropped out and never joined, and/ or parents had a rough way to go with Girl Scouts during that time frame. The organization dropped membership in a big way. So, they adapted the 70s/80s promise and laws with the “old” promise and alws and came up with this:
Gee, numbers went up a little. The pledge came back almost to the original. The law, well, I think it’s vague.
I really, truly believe that if somebody with a little common sense on the national level looked at Boy Scouts and how they have constant growth despite negative comments from the liberal media, and adapted a sort of “regression”, Girl Scouts would be better served.[/size]