Girlie Girls!

  1. This fall, my daughter Emma will be in the Girl Scouts. She's following in Mom's footsteps - I was a Brownie, Junior, and Cadet. Completely lost interest in the scouts in high school when BOYS became appealing . So, were you a Girl Scout? If you're a guy, were you a Boy Scout? What were the field trips you remember the most?

    I am loving this time in our lives! We do our "girlie girl" things (paint our fingers and toes, go to ballets, excursions to the library). Some say it will change when (I say IF) I start dating again, but I don't believe this - blood is thicker than water and I love my baby girl! Of course, I know when she starts dating, I'll be spinning yarn in a corner somewhere or playing bingo.
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  3. by   nursejws
    I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout too! The only trip I remember, was the one that caused my Mom to pull me out. We went to a camp, for the day, to go swimming. After we got back to the church where we met, and were to be picked up, the scout leader had an emergency and had to go. She knew she couldn't leave us there, so she took those who were waiting for their ride home with her. UNFORTUNATELY, she was in such a hurry, she forgot to put up a note, so some of the parents were livid not knowing where their child was.

    LasVegasRN...I'm guessing when I was about your daughter's age...my Mom was calling me "mini-me" too. She couldn't go anywhere without me. Infact, the first summer I was away from my Mom...I went to Grandma's, and my parents were to pick me and my sister up several weeks later. I cried everyday! Thank God Mom had an 800# at work and I used it too. There was no shame in my game at 8-9yrs. I also cried on the way out of town. I know it's pathetic, and I know I was with my Grandma, but I was such a Momma's baby! My parents passed the house the day they were to arrive. My sister and I were in the living room watching TV when we saw them pass...both of us darted out the front door like the house was on fire, running down the sidewalk, screaming and crying! Flippin' Texas sidewalk was hot too...I think I stubbed my toe. It was worth it.
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    I remember 2 field trips in particular - one to a fortune cookie factory, and another to a bread factory. We had fortune cookies for days and I remember eating the warm fresh baked bread on the van back home. Mmmmm.

    Mini-me is so close to my parents - she thinks it is so neat that she and Grandma have the same name! When she was born, I called my Mom (after waking up from my "fog" delivery) and told her I named my girl after the person I most admired in the world. Emma calls her Grandma every day (our phone bills are astronomical) especially now since I programmed the speed dial especially for a "hot-line" to Grandma and Grandpa.
    Nursejws, your story cracks me up, because I can see that happening! Although, I was close to my Grandma also, and once we were down on the farm (way down in Wynne, Arkansas) that was a second home. And Grandma Jennie Lee let us do a LOT more stuff than my Mom!
  5. by   WashYaHands
    I was a brownie and a girl scout. What I remember most was going to the girl scout camp for the weekend. We had to start our own fires and cook our own meals (with supervison). My mom always went with us. She and I still laugh over the time a group of the girls stole our bras (including my moms) and strung them on the flagpole. I have many fond memories of those times. Scouting was a great experience, and especially rewarding when moms are involved.

    Linda
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I got kicked out of brownies. I was fighting another brownie. Apparently this is unbrownie-like behavior.

    Heather
  7. by   donmurray
    Why does this not surprise me? (In the nicest possible way!)
  8. by   shay
    LasVegas is that YOU??? You're so pretty!! You look so YOUNG!! Is that your baby? She's cute!

    I was a brownie but quit 'cause I was bored.....tomboy, dontcha know.
  9. by   hapeewendy
    I was a brownie drop out.........
    I was thrust into browniehood early *they let me start at four instead of five or something*
    I had to get an extra small uniform and everything
    I loved it , I remember going to camp MAKEWA
    and being chosen by brown owl to meet the queen when she came to toronto in the mid eighties
    then, the year i was supposed to fly up or whatever they call it to guides I just went to my mom and said there is no way I'm going back
    she was disappointed but didnt force me due to the fear of some huge brownie/good samaritan backlash I guess.
    I was an elf, and a fairy in my brownie "career"
    I remember the fairy song most vividly though
    as we danced around the mushroom we sang
    "were the fairies glad and gay helping others everyday"or something like that......
    not a bad memory for something I did almost 20 years ago.....
  10. by   amblessing
    I was a brownie and a girl scout. The field trip I remember most was the trip to McDonald's to see how they make hamburgers & fries! That was a big deal as a 7-year old. I also remember going to summer camp for a week and sleeping in a teepee. We also rode horses and that was way cool! As an adult I was an assistant Brownie leader for my daughter's troop.
    Last edit by amblessing on Jun 24, '02
  11. by   NurseAngie
    You are such a good mommy!


    Angie
  12. by   LasVegasRN
    originally posted by shay
    lasvegas is that you??? you're so pretty!! you look so young!! is that your baby? she's cute!
    awwww, thanks, shay! makin' me blush :d
    yep, that's my baby girl!
  13. by   BadBird
    My favorite part of scouting was going to summer camp for 2 weeks each year. So many fond memories, songs, campfires, arts, boating, swimming, too many to name. Now I think I want to work as a camp nurse.
  14. by   NRSKarenRN
    Was in Girl Scouts 10 years-Brownie to Seniors. Earned First Class, equivelent to Eagle Scout. LOVED it, camped, learn to swim, sew and rollarskate cause of scouts. Completed 60 badges with sash full front and back. Helped develop our troups Cake Decorating (Juniors) and Stained Glass (Cadettes) badge.

    Continue cake decorating when spirit moves me and arthritis allows ( just did 13 y.o. 3 tier "chocolate wedding cake", his hearts desire and only present wanted for 8th grade graduation present). Mom was sick alot during this period and it was my Dad that trouted me + scouts to campsites and activites.

    When I left Catholic school for Public in Nov of 9th Grade, it was my scout friends that welcomed me and eased me into new school...and with whom I ate lunch with for 4 years.

    Went to day camp for 2 weeks each summer, DREAMED of sleepover camp, but parents couldn't afford. That's why when I had the opportunity to play Nurse at sleepover summer camp, jumped at the chance and did that for 7 years.

    Now, my sons enjoy Boy Scouts and oldest especially loves camping. He got the opportunity to go to By Scout Jamboree last year (only held every 4 years). Both have acheived First class rank...but neither interested in doing work required for merit badges. I've adjusted my expectations and accepted the fact that I won't have an Eagle Scout. What's more important is that they have a fun time, learn some skills to help them in future life and grow up healthy and happy. Get my Eagle Scout thrills by serving as dinner coordinator...7 Eagles in troop have enjoyed a great meal with hubby's assistance.

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