Have you ever been a Boy/Girl Scout?
July 13, 2018 11:17pm CST
My son, a third grader, is an active Boy Scout member in his school. They recently joined a choir competition and they won the first level. Yey! Scouting (boys and girls) is big in my country. Students are encouraged to join as they receive points in class for extra-curricular activities. Schools organize events such as camping, jamborees, and inter school competitions which help develop many useful skills. At the end of the school year, active Boy/Girl scouts get medals and certificates for commendation. However being a Boy/Girl scout needs money. Scouting uniforms are not cheap. Boy/Girl scouts are required to change uniforms many times (for example Grade 1-3, Grade 4-6, junior high, etc.) and some parents can’t afford the exorbitant fees. Camping fees cost too much too. When I was young, I wanted to join the backyard camping held in our school but I didn’t have the uniform and my parents couldn’t afford the camping fee. Fortunately, a neighbor let me borrow her daughter's old uniform. And my teacher shouldered the expenses. So kind of them. Anyway, how is scouting life in your country?
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@sol_cee We did not have much activity then as Cub Scout and Boy Scout. I guess it was probably for compliance with DepEd requirement? Our school was more focused on academics though we joined in sports competitions in the diocesan association of schools and, in fact, our school's basketball team was always the team every school kept an eye on.
• Davao, Philippines
I remember during my elementary days, I used to be active in joining school activities such us joining Drum and Bugle core and being one of the majorettes, I joined practices and end up not joining the contest because Mother didn't approve of me joining the event. Then I joined Choir where I was one of the Soprano 2 and end up again not joining the contest because Mother spends the money for my uniform. I tried joining Girl Scout too, Father gave me money to buy a uniform but Mother refused it instead had me borrowed my cousin's old girl scout uniform. It was faded and the buttons are gone missing.
I was not a scout during my school days as we had other options! But I know in Indian schools this activity is very popular in many schools and students like to participate in it ! Here the Boys are known as Scouts and the girls are known as Guides! Thanks!
When I was a student, we didn’t have to change uniforms every other year so I could use the borrowed Girl Scout uniform for a long time. However, now they have different uniforms and scarves and so on for different grade levels. Too exhausting for the parents’ pockets.
• United States
I was a girl scout many moons ago, but way back then it wasn't that expensive. My daughter was a girl scout for a short time and my son a boy scout. Their troops always did a lot of fund raisers, garage sales, etc to try and raise the money for camping and events that way the parents didn't have to come up with as much money
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I never belonged to girl scouts; My sister was a girl scout for many years. Now my nephew is a boy scout. I just found out recently that camp is not free. My nephew leaves for Boy Scout camp Sunday! Unfortunately supposed to rain Sunday-Wednesday. They have to sleep outdoors in a tent. He is already complaining about how hot it is supposed to be and no air conditioning. He doesn't know what it was like for his parent an me who grew up without AC!
It was a lot of fun. Here we can learn a lot of things. Be prepared at all times. Activities are lined-up for children to enjoy and learn. Friendship also develops and most importantly we are learning to be responsible be ready at all times. We have this motto. Girl/Boy Scouts always ready.
When I was in school there were no boy scouts or girl scouts, we were a comunist country. There were some other forms similar to the scouts, but mainly for brainwashing and propaganda . Well, that was 30 years ago. We have scouts here now, my son will be one of them several years from now .
i was a star scout during my elementary years. i was even called in front of the quadrangle to recite the girl scout pledge which, until now, i can still memorize it: "on my honor, i will try to do my duty, to God and my country, to help other people at all times, and to obey the Girl Scout law". vivid remote memory.