Is Girl Scouts only for parents who don't work?

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Registered: 12-11-2003
Is Girl Scouts only for parents who don't work?
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Tue, 09-13-2011 - 12:19pm

I was hoping to get my daughter in girl scouts.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Tue, 09-13-2011 - 1:42pm

No, it shouldn't be.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 12-11-2003
Tue, 09-13-2011 - 2:07pm

The meetings were held offsite, so I would have to drive her to the meeting, then drive her back to after school care. So I'd have to leave work at 2:30, to pick her up, take her to Girl Scouts, then go back to work, then leave again at 3:30 to pick her up and take her back to after school care, then go back to work.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Tue, 09-13-2011 - 2:15pm

Ok I see.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 12-11-2003
Tue, 09-13-2011 - 2:22pm

I talked to the person holding the orientation.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Tue, 09-13-2011 - 2:31pm

Well I think you are wrong about it being an elitist organization.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 12-11-2003
Tue, 09-13-2011 - 2:32pm

You know, I think I will call the Girl Scout Concil and complain

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Tue, 09-13-2011 - 2:45pm

Great, let us know what they say.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 12-11-2003
Tue, 09-13-2011 - 2:56pm
I called. The woman I spoke with was very shocked. She apologized profusely and assured me that the Girl Scouts welcomed all parents. She was doubly surprised when I told her I'd been to 2 different recruiting meetings. She took the words right out of my mouth when she said I must have an awful impression of Girl Scouts. She sent me to the Director of the Membership Dept in my area. She was equally upset.

I was glad to hear the disgust in their voice, but it really represented how I felt.

First they are going to contact these two troops and talk to them about accomodating all parents. Then they are going to fine a troop for my daughter.

The Director said she was going to be meeting with all the local area troop leaders this month and this would go to the top of her agenda.

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Tue, 09-13-2011 - 3:36pm

Just a note - it is NOT the Girl Scouts of America that is "leaving out working parents". It is the other parents in your area.

When the mom asked if your nanny could transport your daughter, did you ask her how her daughter got to meetings, and if your daughter could tag along? Did you find out if any of the girls in your daughters class, who are in the Girl Scout Troop, also use the after school care program? Did you ask if any of the Troop parents could help you out by transporting your daughter to, and from, the Girl Scout meeting? Do you have any friends in the community that could help you out by giving your daughter a ride one day a week?

Lots of solutions, including the one your council suggested, finding your daughter a Troop that fits your schedule.

BTW - Good luck to the Area Membership Director dictating when, and where Troop meetings are held. That is a good way to loose leaders.

GSUSA Troop leaders are not paid employees of the local, or national GSUSA organization.

They are unpaid volunteers.

As volunteers they set their OWN time, and place, for their Troop meetings. They are NOT told when and/or where by GSUSA.

Could those two Troops have been a bit more accommodating? Perhaps. But then again, something to think about, maybe they were a bit put off when your only solution was to move the meetings to accommodate you, and the heck with the rest of the Troop.





 

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Tue, 09-13-2011 - 4:24pm

You might consider being your DD's toop leader.

Becky - Mom to Carolyn (17), Aaron (15), Kyle (11) & Luke (8)
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