having 3+ kids close together in age....

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having 3+ kids close together in age....
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Wed, 04-02-2008 - 9:10am

from the "SAHM wanting to use DC" thread.....


I know that hehmommy's post was an April Fool's joke, but....I'm at the point that all of my friends/acquaintances bar one have at least two children now.

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Registered: 04-04-2005
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 5:14pm
I only went through 6th grade too but that was because there was not a Cadet troop to move to. My mom was a scout through her Senior year in HS. She lived in Colorado. She always said that GS in Kansas was not as active as her experience in Colorado. Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital is pretty intense. If my girls want to keep going this area is very active on all levels and not just Brownies and Juniors.

 

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Registered: 04-04-2005
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 5:10pm
I bet Alaska has some cool camp grounds!!! I have always wanted to visit Alaska.

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 4:54pm
I agree about the young ladies who continue, the ones I have met are really outstanding and I hope my kids continue with it. I only went through 6th grade when I was a girl scout. I did find out recently that I can get a 10 year pin, since I've been a registered gs for 10 years total now. Our troop is working on the bronze award, it is a lot of work, and yes they are time consuming. Lots of badgework and things to do before you ever start on the project. We are just getting to the project part.

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Tue, 04-08-2008 - 4:50pm
That cost is the same as our over night camp for 6 days. But my girls both love it, so they are both going again. We are in Alaska so we don't have anything comparable to a Breakfast with the dolphins. That would be quite cool. I do like that we do many different activities and they get to try out things that otherwise my kids probalby wouldn't do.

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Registered: 04-04-2005
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 4:12pm

Yes,


I like to take advantage of the events the older troops put on for the little ones. I think it is great experience for them too. All this can go towards community service credit when they are in HS.

 

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Registered: 04-04-2005
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 4:03pm

Our troop only meets twice a month (except if they fall during a holiday or break) and sometimes we will have a weekend activity if some of the girls are interested. We never meeti in the Summer but there are tons of GS Summer camps to choose from. They are soooo inexpensive - $240 for a week long overnight camp! In May we are going to have "Breakfast with the Dolphins" at the Baltimore Aquarium. Things are so affordable - mainly because the fundraisers and donations supplement a lot of the program costs. Our council is the biggest in the Nation so there are tons of things to choose from to do. One thing is nice - not everything has to be a troop activity. I have taken our girls to different things w/o the troop i.e. discount tickets for athletic events and theater. Since we are in DC the Smithsonian has tons of GS programs that are free. All GS have access to register themselves for the events.


We meet at our school - after school. The parents don't have to transport them. All they have to do is come and pick them up after the meeting. Each parent has to plan a meeting.

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 1:41pm

I agree with everything you are saying about GS. My dd is in 5th grade & I hope in the next few years she has enough time to continue with it, I hope everyone in our troop does, there are 8 of them & they start middle school next year. That would be awesome to have the swimmer come talk to your group, especially after the olympics. Whenever we have an activity that involves older gs with the younger ones, our younger girls think that is pretty cool. I think it is a benefit to them both.

We happened to do the swimming badge this December on a Saturday in which a cadette troop put the whole thing on. We showed up and they broke the girls down into groups and did all the activities for one badge in one sitting. I love those kind of field trips (as a leader--when I have to do nothing but show up!) ; )

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 1:36pm

Yes both my girls have been in scouts since Kindy. I think it is a great program that helps develop leadership, friendship and helping others. But I can understand wanting to limit activities--it is something every family has to balance.

But if your dd is interested, you might want to inquire when and how often the troop meets. It might be right after school and only every other week (all our troops only meet twice a month), so it might not interfere with your schedule much.

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Registered: 04-04-2005
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 9:43am

I am a Brownie Scout leader. It does take a chunk out of my life but in a good way. What I like about scouts is - it is a non pressure activity. You can do as much or as little you want to. I have 17 girls in my troop. Some of them have been to every meeting and every activity and some have come to 1/2 the meetings. You can sign them up for Summer camp or not. I found out last month that Kate Ziegler (Olympic Swimmer) was a GS all the way to her Senior Year in HS. She was part of our Service Unit. The last two years she was a Juliette Scout - which means she did not belong to a troop but was a member and involved with scouts. I am hoping to get her to speak to the GS

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 9:11am
a little ot but you're very involved with your dds' girl scouts aren't you?

 

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