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cub scouts

married with children married with children
is there anybody on EF that does scouting with their kids? I just started cub scouts with my oldest boy. Looking forward to another activity I can do with my son, some more father and son bonding time. If you do not do scouting, what activities do you do with your kid for bonding time?
06/18/2011
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newlady newlady
Our girls are all grown, but hubby used to take them fishing. The youngest is now 22 and they all still talk about when dad would take them - especially the part where he used to stop at 7-11, give them money and tell them to go buy candy, etc. It's funny to listen to them talk about it now!
06/19/2011
married with children married with children
I remember camping and riding motocycles with my father. It was good times, spending time with him. I still spend time with him, but it is different now that I have my kids that take up all my time.
06/20/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I went through Cub Scouts all the way to Boy Scouts. Knowing what I know now about the organization, I'd rather take my kids (when I have human kids and not fur-babies) out myself and teach them what I know.
06/20/2011
Kayla Kayla
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I went through Cub Scouts all the way to Boy Scouts. Knowing what I know now about the organization, I'd rather take my kids (when I have human kids and not fur-babies) out myself and teach them what I know.
I'm with you there, JR. I know some kids who were "excluded" from invitations to events because they had homosexual parents. I felt horrible for the kids.
06/20/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
I was a girls scout almost up to cadets but my father was an violent alcoholic and everyone seemed to know. It made everything awkward since no one knew exactly how to deal with me. I always felt the stares and whispers and being a shy, introverted child I internalized all this as something being wrong with me. It was a miserable time broken up by amazing fun, made more amazing because it was the times where the leaders forgot they were dealing with that poor little girl and just let me be.

My parents used it as a way to have me babysat so it wasn't an activity we did together...my parents were too busy with adult processing to spend much time with my sister and I. Most of our vacations were marred with my parents continual war games.

With my own children, we haven't had much money to put them into sports but we spend time with them. We have amazing vacations where we laugh and have a great time...not like our vacations as children.
The local chapter of girlscouts wouldn't allow my girls to attend because they are pagan and homeschooled, there are no spiral scout groups nearby but we have used their manual and had some great times.
06/20/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I take mine fishing, camping and we ride quads together. They also will be hunting this year with me. We have a state forest behind us so we do day trips there just to get out.
06/20/2011
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
"The local chapter of girlscouts wouldn't allow my girls to attend because they are pagan and homeschooled"

That's a shame. I didn't realize religion came into membership. So much for their embracing diversity and being an inclusive organization.
06/20/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Petite Valentine
"The local chapter of girlscouts wouldn't allow my girls to attend because they are pagan and homeschooled"

That's a shame. I didn't realize religion came into membership. So much for their embracing diversity and being an inclusive organization.
They are VERY Christian in their practices and policies! Penn and Teller did a BS episode on it.
06/20/2011
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
They are VERY Christian in their practices and policies! Penn and Teller did a BS episode on it.
I went looking for a summary of the episode and came across an online article from Philly that said:

"As a tribute to the effort of Penn's sister, P&T point out at the end of the show that, unlike the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts have no rules barring membership because of sexual orientation or religious belief."
06/20/2011
Antipova Antipova
I grew up in 4H, and if I'm in a rurarly area if/when I have kids, they'll be in 4H too. Scouting seemed a little too ... strictly planned? goal-oriented? anyway, you didn't have as much input in what projects you wanted to do as we seemed to have in 4H. They seemed cliquey to me, too, and 4H was really welcoming to everyone, whether you were homeschooled, public schooled, Mennonite, Catholic, or atheist (and we had'em all!) It was just as open to farm kids and non farm kids, and they let me take the animal projects even though I didn't have any animals. Very fun.
06/20/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Petite Valentine
I went looking for a summary of the episode and came across an online article from Philly that said:

"As a tribute to the effort of Penn's sister, P&T point out at the end of the show that, unlike the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts ...
"Rules" aren't necessarily the same thing and "common practices," though. Good that they have equality on the books, though, perhaps it will start being acted on more and more.
06/20/2011
Dusk Dusk
I don't have kids, but I had a bad experience trying to get into girl scouts. I was a bit of a shy kid and I was a bit outcast at school, but I remember my mum taking me to an info session for girl scouts. I thought it would be super to join and I could actually make some good friends. Unfortunately, after touting the organization to us for over an hour, they told us there was no room in the local troop and we would have to wait until next year.

Needless to say, I didn't bother.
06/20/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Dusk
I don't have kids, but I had a bad experience trying to get into girl scouts. I was a bit of a shy kid and I was a bit outcast at school, but I remember my mum taking me to an info session for girl scouts. I thought it would be super to join and ...
That's crap!

It's like those banking commercials with the kids.
06/21/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
I was a girls scout almost up to cadets but my father was an violent alcoholic and everyone seemed to know. It made everything awkward since no one knew exactly how to deal with me. I always felt the stares and whispers and being a shy, introverted ...
That's really sad that your children were excluded.

My girls spent some time in Girl Scouts and we were never once asked about our religion, practice or anything. We also had homeschooled girls in the troops. I wonder if some leaders take it on themselves to intentionally exclude people.

My best friend worked for our local Girl Scout council and nothing was ever said about religion at all. I think you got a judgmental leader, who went beyond the bounds of the actual organizations rules.

My kids enjoyed their time in Girl Scouts, but it was very casual.

The only problem here is, they require a lot of the leaders, and with so many women working, there are few women who "qualify" for leadership. So, all my daughters' troops folded after a year or two. Every time I have inquired about it, I'm attacked with "DO YOU WANT TO BE A LEADER?" No, I don't. I spent many years as a La Leche League Leader (without a word of thanks) and am burnt out.
06/21/2011
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