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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
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.
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.