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Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, 4-H, FFA, Royal Rangers

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Not that I was in any of these. I just wanted an opportunity to make fun of you all. Well, accept for 4-H. I may have done that for a couple of years.

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  • Joined 10/29/02
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  • Post #1
  • Originally posted Monday, April 11, 2005 (9 years ago)

I did Girl Scouts from 4th grade through graduation. I earned my silver award, but slacked off on gold.

I did 4-H in middle school. As a city slicker, all we did was disect an owl pellet.

My brother was a cub scout. Pine wood derby...that's all I remember.

  • Joined 3/15/99
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  • Post #2
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I started as a cubs scout and ended as an eagle scout. I'm not a geek. I'm not smart enough to be one.

vsb vsb
  • Joined 2/29/04
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  • Post #3
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I was a member of GSUSA from first grade, till my sophomore year of high school (so 10yrs). I was registared again last year, but did not this year, though i am involved with OSU Campus Girl Scouts.

  • Joined 2/25/00
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  • Post #4
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

When I was in the Cub Scouts, I got stuck on Webelos for three years 'cause I kept losing the Pinewood Derby!

We are the keepers of Funny, the Judges, the Whisperers. We are Superior Naysayers And Rebukers of Knavery. We are SNARK. - Boosh!

  • Joined 12/8/00
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  • Post #5
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

We're just a different kind of geek that's all. Not all geeks are computer wiz's.

Let me posit a question. In my generation these organizations, especially when you wore a uniform, seemed to call out for getting participants beet up. Is this a sentiment you guys shared?

  • Joined 4/22/01
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  • Post #6
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

Yes, but somehow that never stopped me.

Until college, I had been in 4-H pretty much my whole life as far as I could remember. I was also geeky enough to make eagle in 2 and a half years when I finally joined scouts. When I was in elementary school, my mom was a den mother for my Cub Scout troop, but I stopped when we moved and I was 10. I picked it back up when I was almost 16.

The best thing about 4-H was the crazy hot girls who showed horses on a regular basis. I can still tell from a girl's butt whether or not she rides horses (or lindy hops).

-j

  • Joined 9/6/01
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  • Post #7
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

Hey we need two choices in the poll--I was in GS and 4H! But being in the band is what truly made me a geek.

  • Joined 1/23/01
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  • Post #8
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I was in the Indian Guides. We had Pinewood Derbies, too, and camping, well, in cabins. But there was ice fishing! We all had "Indian Names," too. I was Little Sprout. We had headbands and got different feathers for stuff. All I remember of the meetings are a bunch of dads and sons sitting in various circles in some gymnasium somewhere. I also remember my Dad always grunting when sitting down or standing up cuz of his arthritis.

  • Joined 12/8/00
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  • Post #9
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

There wasn't a way I could get multiple options. I kind of figured there'd be some crossover. I guess just choose what defined you.

The two 4-H clubs I was in were the Maumee Achievers, and then Discovery. There was another one in the area comprised entirely of women called "The Happy Homemakers." I wonder what their job prospects for the future were. . .

Band geeks/dorks are an entirely different breed.

  • Joined 10/28/00
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  • Post #10
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

Happy Home makers club meeting 1

Ladies, today we are going to discuss how to find a really rich husband

Meeting 2 We have his money, now lets, do some insider trading

Meeting 3 Lets open a company that displays our amazing ability to do crafts and bake breads

  • Joined 2/25/00
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  • Post #11
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I was in Cub Scouts from the age of what, 8? until 11.

I was a Webelos, and I got my Arrow of Light badge. There's another story about how in order to get signed off on the "religion" requirement for my Bear badge (in 3rd grade, mind you), my stepfather made me read (and discuss with him), Stranger in a Strange Land, the Tao d'Ching, The Old Man and the Sea, and the book of Ecclesiastes.

I was a Boy Scout from age 11 until 18. I worked closely with our associated Cub Scout pack as a "Den Chief". There was an experimental position created within the Boy Scouts (which I think is standard everywhere) that was tried out on our troop - the position of Troop Guide. I was basically a Patrol Leader for the new kids coming into the troop.

I achieved the rank of Life Scout, and never got my Eagle. I had almost all of the required merit badges, but almost all of my time spent in Scouting was doing volunteer work for other kids - over the summers I worked as a counselor for the local Cub Scout day camp, and during the year I worked a lot with the younger kids getting them excited about Scouting. I honestly think that having an older Scout helping would encourage them to continue, especially at the transition age, when being in Scouts was starting to be considered "uncool" and "dorky".

I do not think that I failed by not getting my Eagle Scout rank. Some of the best Scouts I ever knew never achieved Eagle. And some of the worst ones did.

We are the keepers of Funny, the Judges, the Whisperers. We are Superior Naysayers And Rebukers of Knavery. We are SNARK. - Boosh!

  • Joined 2/25/00
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  • Post #12
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

Wow, I'm such a dork that I posted a long diatribe on this very subject almost ten years ago on rec.scouting.

We are the keepers of Funny, the Judges, the Whisperers. We are Superior Naysayers And Rebukers of Knavery. We are SNARK. - Boosh!

  • Joined 12/21/99
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  • Post #13
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I was in cub scouts and boy scouts. Actually it was a pretty big thing in my town to be in both. Most of the fathers used the pack meetings as a get together/ networking thing.

True story: I almost cut my finger off whittling with my cub scout knife. I had no idea that damn thing was THAT sharp. After being jaded from dealing with circumstances like this with my 3 older brothers my mother looks at my wound and says, "just go upstairs and run some cold water on it...and don't drip that blood on my carpet" ! LOL

I did OK in Pinewood Derby. My car was always too light and I think I spent a little too much time worry about "pimping my ride" rather than how I could improve on the design. I think I had the only car with 007 type machine guns and a bullet proof shield.

I had the coolest Den Mother EVER ! I recall her chocolate chip cookies were out of this world. Ocassionally I run in to her when I visit the folks. She still tweaks my chin when she sees me.

  • Joined 2/25/00
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  • Post #14
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

My first Pinewood Derby car was very elaborate. My stepfather got really interested in the event, and we spent weeks designing this super aerodynamic car that was precisely weighted in just the right places.

We lost. My stepfather was disgusted. I built my next two Derby racers by myself. One of which came in third place :)

We are the keepers of Funny, the Judges, the Whisperers. We are Superior Naysayers And Rebukers of Knavery. We are SNARK. - Boosh!

  • Joined 12/21/99
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  • Post #15
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

HA ! You know the irony of the Pinewood derby for me was that the cars that usually won were pretty plain looking. They had some sort of weight added to them and the prerequisite racing stripes or car number decal on the side. And wouldn't you know, they were also usually the stuck up ultra- rich kids in town.

I smell a conspiracy. 8)

  • Joined 8/27/03
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  • Post #16
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I was the youngest person ever accepted into the 4-H modeling squad, which was very competetive and only took about 1/3rd of the girls who auditioned. And it wasn't geeky - it was cool. We got free makeup tips, served as models for new designers and older department stores, and made clothes and jewelry. Sometimes we even got to keep the clothes we had modeled. So yes, I was in 4H for two years, but that was not the cause of my geekiness.

  • Joined 1/22/04
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  • Post #17
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

Both my kids are in scouting. My son is a Webelo I and my daughter is a brownie. In fact I'm a leader. I personally think scouting is great for kids. They get to do more things then most of their classmates. It has been a very positive thing especially for my son. I think he is a stonger person because of scouting.

Delty

  • Joined 7/30/03
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  • Post #18
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I was a Girl Scout until a year after I graduated high school. By the time My GS membership was up for renewal, I had joined Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity which has its roots in Boy Scouting. So you could say I never left the Scouts.

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Some of the best Scouts I ever knew never achieved Eagle. And some of the worst ones did.

True Dat

  • Joined 12/21/99
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  • Post #19
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

Swingchica, make sure he's careful with that whittling. It's dangerous I tell ya, downright dangerous. :P

  • Joined 12/10/99
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  • Post #20
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I was in Brownies for 3 weeks. We had 3 meetings and made 3 "sit-upons." Then they said I had to sell cookies in order to pay for the awesome opportunity to make sit-upons that would never actually be sat upon. So I quit and joined a real organization - Little League.

  • Joined 3/15/99
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  • Post #21
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I never made Bear, but then I was promoted to Webelos section leader. --- I was very shy and didn't say much then and heck, I still don't say much in person now...

  • Joined 4/19/02
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  • Post #22
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

My parents would never let me join Girl Scouts because my mom claimed they were sexist. She still has a newspaper clipping from a few years back where there is one article about how the Girl Scout's "big event" was a tea where they learned proper table manners, and the same weekend, the Boy Scout's was an "Olympics" where they ran obstacle courses and played tug-of-war. I never would have sold many cookies anyway. The market in my neighborhood was flooded. This is just an observation. I don't have enough (any, really) first-hand knowledge of the Scouts to draw my own conclusions one way or another.

I do enjoy the movie Troop Beverly Hills, however. :wink:

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

  • Joined 1/20/99
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  • Post #23
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

What is this "royal ranger"?

  • Joined 6/24/02
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  • Post #24
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "tonibduguid"
My parents would never let me join Girl Scouts because my mom claimed they were sexist. She still has a newspaper clipping from a few years back where there is one article about how the Girl Scout's "big event" was a tea where they learned proper table manners, and the same weekend, the Boy Scout's was an "Olympics" where they ran obstacle courses and played tug-of-war. I never would have sold many cookies anyway. The market in my neighborhood was flooded. This is just an observation. I don't have enough (any, really) first-hand knowledge of the Scouts to draw my own conclusions one way or another.

They were sexist. Or at least my troop was. We learned how to cross-stitch and decoupage, and we definitely got some kind of home economics badge, as well as the health and beauty badge, while all the boy scouts I knew were out learning to shoot arrows and hike. It was very lame.

  • Joined 9/19/00
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  • Post #25
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

Yeah boy scouts are real sexist also. All we did was tie a knot, play tug-of-war and learn how to build a fire. How lame. I wanted to learn how to hem my own pants, cook my own meals, know how to sell door to door cookies to make money, and how to entertain guests with tea so I can smooch and get a promotion or network.

All these survival tips I could care less. I live in a city with piped gas, velcro and never would I find a situation where I have to tug 10 boys.

In my opinion the scout thing is wonderful and 4H is also good. Nothing geeky about them.

  • Joined 1/22/04
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  • Post #26
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "Mr. Swank"
Swingchica, make sure he's careful with that whittling. It's dangerous I tell ya, downright dangerous. :P

Trust me I know...I cut myself with his knife. After that my son decided to show me how to use it "correctly".

  • Joined 7/30/03
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  • Post #27
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I was in a stupid girly troop unti i was halfway through high school. We sewed, we talked about fashion and makeup, we made god-awful puffy painted sweatshirts.

Then I found a good troop, that was a half hour drive away. We white water rafted, climbed rock walls, pulled ticks off ourselves with bare hands and ate burnt yet undercooked food around tiny failing campfires in downpours. God I miss those days.

To any one who thinks that's geeky, you'll want us around when the robots attack.

  • Joined 1/22/04
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  • Post #28
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

Scouting can be sexist but it also depends on the leaders. My son's pack does a good job making thing "family" friendly. They include all the tag alongs like my daughter in all the activities (the sisters even tie better knots then the boys). My opinion of girl scouts is a bit different. They are sexist. In fact I stepped down as a girl scout leader because of it. It is a good organization but it needs to get with the times. One activity wanted us to use a baloon instead of a real ball...I ended up using a real ball.

  • Joined 7/30/03
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  • Post #29
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "swingchica"
Scouting can be sexist but it also depends on the leaders. My son's pack does a good job making thing "family" friendly. They include all the tag alongs like my daughter in all the activities (the sisters even tie better knots then the boys). My opinion of girl scouts is a bit different. They are sexist. In fact I stepped down as a girl scout leader because of it. It is a good organization but it needs to get with the times. One activity wanted us to use a baloon instead of a real ball...I ended up using a real ball.

I've always said, when girl scouts do an activity, its a tragedy if somebody gets hurt. With boy scouts, its a tragedy when nobody gets hurt. Thankfully, I had a good leader (who would probably be a bad leader by GS standards) who found the loopholes in all the safety regulations so we could actually do fun stuff.

  • Joined 11/14/02
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  • Post #30
  • Originally posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (9 years ago)

I was in 4-H, but was hardly a geek because of that. I did win a trip to Orlando through 4-H. That was nice

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