Girl Scouts

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The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, which covers both Vermont and New Hampshire, is responding today to questions and concerns from members and volunteers. That follows news that the Boy Scouts of America will start accepting young women, not just young men.  

In announcing the change, the Boy Scouts organization said it’s trying to make it easier for families to accommodate all their children’s activities. But Patricia Mellor, CEO of the local Girl Scout group, suggested the two organizations could have instead partnered to meet those challenges.

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For more than one hundred years, this organization has shaped generations of girls and every generation has had its ideas about what scouting should be about.  Now, some girls, and their leaders, say that efforts to modernize programming have moved too far away from traditional focuses like the great outdoors.

GUESTS:

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Everyone has an ice-breaker fact about themselves right? Something quirky, cute, not too heavy? Then there those other facts, the ones you don't necessarily hide, but that you don't bring up either. This is one of those. Now, this is nothing that people close to me don’t already know. It even features on my resume, and almost always comes up in job interviews.

I’m an adult Girl Scout.

I know, it’s an oxymoron. Kind of like jumbo shrimp. But believe me, anything you have to say, I’ve heard it. I’ve gotten the confused looks and fielded the burning questions, for example:

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Hear the phrase “Girl Scout meeting”, and you may think merit badges, social service projects – cookies, perhaps? Well, for a few girls in the Granite State, a scout meeting is one of the few times they get to see their incarcerated mothers. NHPR correspondent Melanie Plenda reported from Goffstown Womens’ Prison on the program, called Girl Scouts Beyond Bars.

Girl Scouts Meet Behind Bars

May 31, 2013

Say the phrase Girl Scout meeting, and you may think Merit badges, social service projects – cookies, perhaps?

Well, for a few girls in the Granite State, a scout meeting is one of the few times they get to see their mothers.  The Goffstown womens’ prison is home to the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program.