Zambarau Moot #17 - The United States of America!
(and we’re back for 2014! With Moot and everything else I’ve been looking for more interviewees…and I’ve found some! But I always need more!)
Sadly, due to stereotypes people often believe that there are no Girl Scouts in the United States – and if they look at the boy Scouts of America organisation, then they would be correct (although the Venturer Scout program is co-ed). Yet, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) does exist, with over two million girls who participate weekly in a range of activities and programs. bluemeetsbleu (http://bluemeetsbleu.tumblr.com/) grew up as a Girl Scout going through the program and has this year started as a Scout Leader for her Troop.
After being home-schooled for most of Elementary School, Scouting was a great way for both BMB and her sister to meet new people. GSUSA align their age sections to the schooling years (running from K-12), which are as follows:
- Daisies (K-1st grade),
- Brownies (2nd-3rd),
- Juniors (4th-5th),
- Cadettes (6th-8th),
- Seniors (9th-10th),
- Ambassadors (11th-12th).
After having Mum join in as a Leader when times were tough, it became more of a family affair. BMB is somewhat conflicted when asked about which is better: being a Leader or being a youth member. “I loved earning badges and awards, doing service projects and camping but being a Leader is insanely rewarding. I love teaching a group of girls a new skill and getting to see the look on their face when “they get it”. But when it comes down to it, I suppose I’d have to say I enjoyed being a Girl Scout more. Being 18 and a leader is pretty rare actually, so there’s not many that are in the same age range as me.”
GSUSA recently had a complete overhaul of their curriculum to include Journey books along with badges and other awards.
RSP: What is Scouting like at your group?
BMB: So, the troop I work with is a multi-level troop, meaning we have more than one age level (like brownies with Juniors instead of just the two on their own). This actually isn’t very typical with GSUSA, what usually occurs is that you have girls together that are of the same level. This is usually so that when the girls Bridge (to go up a level) they stay together and so that you can make sure that the girls are getting the age appropriate experience. A single level troop can run with only a little variation to one another but a Multi-level troop can get a little complicated sometimes.
RSP: So what would you do on an average night?
BMB: A typical weekly meeting for the troop starts out with all of our levels circling around and reciting our Pledge and Law, then any announcements. After that we break out in to our level groups, and then an hour and a quarter later meet back up for our closing (where we do a Friendship circle and sing taps).
BMB’s Troop has recently done some service where they assisted in setting up their city’s Christmas decorations, and aiding in an aged care facility – they all really drive home to the reasons that she likes Scouting. “I do Scouting because I want to help make the world a better place even if it just in something small in my community or much larger in this big planet we call home.”
RSP: What has Scouting helped you to be able to do?
BMB: Scouting has helped me to be comfortable being me…not just confident with myself but with others to. Also, I can pack for a trip like nobody’s business, I once packed for five days in the single backpack.
RSP: What are your biggest memories of Scouting?
BMB: My biggest memories of Scouting would have to whenever we went camping; staying up late in our tents giggling at silly stories, cooking over the fire, going on hikes, going creek walking, those are all memories I will always hold dear.
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Girl Scout Promise:
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
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A little background information: BlueMeetsBleu is a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, founded in 1912. It describes itself as “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls”. Affiliated with WAGGGS, the Girl Scout Handshake and the Girl Scout signal are amongst their traditions.
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