Girls

Girls are going to become part of Scouting. I’m thrilled, I’m thankful I think it is about time.

I’m also petrified. I’ve worked with Scouts my entire life.  My only real interaction with girls in Scouting was asking scouts taking nature merit badge at summer camp if they had sisters and if they were coming to parents night wednesday night at camp.  (Like a 12 year old cared if his sister showed up.)

Wednesday we put on our best uniform and stood far far away trying to figure out what to do.

I have that same feeling now. I’m trying to figure out what to do.

I love Ted Talks. I’ve found a couple that provide me a little help and courage. I’ve posted them here.

Julie Lythcott-Haims is proof that Scouting is needed today more than ever for boys and girls. Kids are not to be trimmed and pruned, they are wildflowers who need the opportunity to grow.

Caroline Paul talks about how we need to teach girls bravery. No other organization does a better job of that than Scouting.

More importantly, Caroline talks about how we treat girls different from boys in how we see them and how we Do Not encourage them to be brave.

Reshma Saujani explains how women are not raised to face fear, how they are taught to be perfect. We need girls to learn to face their fears and grab the world rather than shrink from it.

I hope this help quell your fears and boosts your enthusiasm.

Jim

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