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on Boy Scouts
By the time I was a junior in high school I had been in girl scouts for 9 years. All I had learned was how to sell cookies, push paper and realize that I was significantly poorer than the rest of the girls in my troop. I switched to an Explorer post that was attached to a Boy Scout troop. I ended up leading a patrol of 12 -14 year old boys and 4 other girls. Other than learning how to deal with the stench of preteen boys I learned rock climbing, caving, knots, first aid ect. More importantly when I lead the patrol through Phillmont I learned team work and leadership in ways that still influence my understanding and interactions with others. Even though our troop had a “retired” scout master who would not leave the troop and made the female scouts lives ridiculously harder than necessary (we had to pitch our tent in a puddle one outing to be “away from the boys” per his orders) I would not trade what I experienced or learned. While I hope the scouts continue to learn from this and become more transparent in their dealings, I hope they survive this to encourage other kids to learn practical skills and leadership.
posted 3 years, 1 month ago
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