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Old 09-06-2002, 04:49 AM
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Question Too old to join Girl Scouts?

My daughter is 9 and has never been involved with Scouting up until now. Is it too late for her to join?

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Old 09-08-2002, 03:57 AM
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Here in Canada..

I don't know about the states, but here in canada wehave GIRL GUIDES. My sister was involved in it and I wanted to be to (I was 14 at the time) It turned out that Guides have programs fro children from 3 years (sprites) to 18 years (Pathfinders, Rangers, and Junior leaders) Ask if Scouts have simialr programs.

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never too old

its never too late to join girl scouts. i am a gs leader. and every 3 years the girls advance up to the next level. kindergarten:daiseys
1-3grades:brownies
4-6grades:jouniors
7-9grades:cadettes
10-12grades:seniors

i was never in girl scouts when i was young so i am learning right along with the girls. i think i like it more than the girls. the hardest thing about being a leader is parent participation. its hard to plan activities with out the help of other adults helping.

so let your daughter join and you join also..... and have fun

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Scouting is great at any age! My daughter and I have been girl scouts for 5 years. It is a great thing to do with your child. I have found that the hardest thing is finding truly dedicated leaders. I took the classes to become a leader but with my job and being a single parent, I just couldn't do it all. It is a blessing when you can find a great leader. Many leaders want and need the help of the parents. I went to all of the field trips as a driver for the troop. It only cost $7 for both girl and parent to join for the year. The parent has to submit a copy of their driver's license and proof of insurance to be a driver. There are so many things that scouting can teach a girl. This year we are taking a break because our leader wants to be more involved at school for the 6th grade graduation. If I can find another troop, I think we will join again next year as cadets. This year the girls are only going on a few trips to stay in touch. There won't be weekly meetings. I was disappointed but my daughter has alot of other stuff she is doing too so I don't think it will be that bad of a year.
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I started Girl Scouts when I was in 3rd grade. Continued until my Jr. year in High School. Had some unforgettable experiences and learned SOOOOO much. More some years than others. I had a leader in Jr. High/High School that I am still very good friends with and consider her one of my mentors. I earned the Gold Award (at the time the highest honor in Girl Scouting). Before my own children, I was a leader of a couple of troups. After children, I have had 2 or 3 troops. It's as good as the leader and parents make it. An active troop is a happy troop. And I love the earning badges thing. I am 39 now.
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This will be my daughters 6th year in Girl Scouts. She started as a Daisy in Kindergarten. I took over as Leader in her 3rd year. It is never too late too join scouts. I can tell you though, that the older they get, they tend to drop out of scouts. They have sports, boys, etc... to keep them busy. I try to tell the girls that they can do all that and still be in scouts.
When your daughter finds a troop, please volunteer to help. It will be the best thing for you and your daughter. It is so rewarding. I have gotten so close to the girls that have stayed in my troop for several years.
Since your daughter is older, she will learn so much more about community service projects. The girls are taught compassion, friendship, honesty, etc...
This last year my scouts took a survey. There was a list of things on the paper. Money, religion, friends, family, etc...(You get the picture). They had to number these starting with whats most important to them. I was so amazed and delighted when we read aloud what each put, they all started with family, religion, and down the line. I couldn't believe that they didn't start with friends and money! I think I may have taught them a little something over the years! But, most of all, they have taught ME so much more!
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Thank you all for your encouragement. I have a son in the 3rd grade and a daughter in the 4th. I'm going to sign them both up this year. I have always wanted to do it before but I was a single parent and there was no way I could. I'm married now and only working part time so I decided if it was possible, this was the year to start! I'll make the calls today. Thanks again.

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Scouting is TERRIFIC for young girls.
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IT IS NEVER TO LATE TO JOIN GIRL SCOUTS, MY DAUGHTER WAS ALMOST 8 WHEN SHE STARTED, WE HAD A HARD TIME GETTING THE TROOP LEADER TO CALL US AFTER WE HAD SIGNED HER UP OTHER YEARS SO IT TOOK UNTIL SHE WAS ALMOST 8, BUT SHE LOVES IT , AND I HAVE BECOME A LEADER AND AM HAVING AS MUCH FUN LEARNING AS THE GIRLS. I THINK I WILL ALWAYS BE A LITTLE GIRL AT HEART, SO BEING A LEADER HELPS KEEP ME YOUNG, AND KEEPS ME BUSY, AND INVOLED WITH SOMETHING JUST FOR ME AND MY DAUGHTER, NO BROTHER OR DAD, EVERY OTHER WEEK WE GET A NIGHT OUT FOR GIRL SCOUTS AND IT HAS BEEN GREAT FOR US. SO IF YOUR DAUGHTER WANTS TO JOIN GIRL SCOUTS FIND A TROOP AND GET HER STARTED. YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID.
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