Inclusion and the Importance of It

Before I begin, I would like to reiterate something I said in my last opinion blog post about the 2004 restructure.  I know there are those who say that we need to put the past behind us and move forward.  I agree to a certain extent.  However, putting the past behind you doesn’t mean you should forget or disregard it, because if you do this, you run the risk of repeating or not fixing your mistakes and continuing down the wrong path.  C.S. Lewis speaks to this in the following quote from Mere Christianity:

We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be and if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. We have all seen this when we do arithmetic. When I have started a sum the wrong way, the sooner I admit this and go back and start over again, the faster I shall get on.
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And the FINAL Final Tally Is…

leader-timeBack in June, I tallied up the hours I had put toward Girl Scouts from October 1st to May 31st for the 2015-2016 year.  I decided to keep logging them to see what the FINAL tally for the entire 2015-2016 Girl Scout fiscal year (Oct 1st – Sept 30th) looked like with the City Slickers summer camp numbers and the start of the troop year included.  Read more »

Rainbow Falls

Hiking ComicQuestion:  How do you get Amy Brown to shut up?  Answer:  Take her on an extremely difficult hike when she is out of shape.

It’s starting to cool off (kinda) here in the South, and that means hiking season is back!  My hiking partner extraordinaire Becky and I kicked things off by picking apparently one of the most difficult hikes out there.  GO BIG OR GO HOME!  We discussed where we were going to go the weekend prior, and I felt drawn to Jones Gap, which is part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area and very close to Camp WaBak.  Just down the road, in fact.  I suggested the hike to Becky and mentioned that it was listed as “Most Difficult” on the trail guide thinking that she would say, “Eh, let’s not be so ambitious for our first hike.”  But instead, she said, “Sounds good!” and a little voice in my head said, “Don’t do it!”  I smugly ignored this little voice and thought it couldn’t be that bad because I had been on plenty of difficult hikes before.  Read more »

National CEO Survey

The other day I came across a link for a survey that someone had shared on the GSUSA Are You Listening? Facebook Page in which GSUSA is asking for input on qualities that should be considered during the search for the new National CEO.  It was sent via email, although the source was not revealed.  I’m guessing it came from a council newsletter, because the text stated that the survey link could be shared with volunteers, parents, or girls.  So I thought I’d check it out too, and I’m assuming it’s okay to share it.  Here’s the link to the survey.  It is due September 30th.

One question asked what challenges we think the National CEO will face in the next 2 to 5 years.  I would like to share my response.  It made me very sad to write this, and I even felt a little depressed afterwards.  But I thought I’d share it anyway:  Read more »

Restructuring and Membership Numbers

Trefoil ThinkingEver since I started reading about the changes GSUSA made right before I began as a volunteer, I have been very curious about how we got to the point we are today and what happened between the time I finished as a girl in 1989 to when I started back as a volunteer in 2010.  I joined in the middle of a very big upheaval on both the national and council level and had no background knowledge as to what had gone on just a few years earlier.  I just knew something major had happened.  And I wanted to know what, how, and why.  Now I’m sure some people will say there’s no point in this exercise of mine because it’s water under the bridge, and we should concentrate on moving forward.  I agree about moving forward, but I also disagree about there being no point to rehashing what happened.  I am very much a big picture kind of person, and I would like to know the history and background of this upheaval to better understand how to move forward in the correct direction.  That’s just the way I work.  Plus I’m a big Girl Scout nerd, so why not? 😉  Read more »