Girl Scouts has become a constantly evolving organization. The most recent change was the announcement that the 314 councils will merge to become only 104 councils. This week the change in membership levels has been announced as:
grade K-1 will be Girl Scout Daisy
grade 2-3 will be Girl Scout Brownie
grade 4-5 will be Girl Scout Junior
grade 6-8 will be Girl Scout Cadette
grade 9-10 will be Girl Scout Senior
grade 11-12 will be Girl Scout Ambassador
However, the change that has caused the most severe reaction from leaders is the new uniform rules. Girl Scouts at each level will have one official uniform item (e.g. tunic, vest, sash) for the display of official pins and awards. This uniform item will be required when girls participate in ceremonies or officially represent the Girl Scout Movement.
â€¢ The official dress code will unite girls as Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts will wear solid white shirts and khaki pants or skirts with their official uniform item, which will be required when they participate in ceremonies or officially represent the Girl Scout Movement.
â€¢ The adult uniforms will be a scarf worn with the membership pins for women and a tie for men. The scarf/tie and membership pins will be worn with navy blue business attire.
â€¢ Girl Scouts at the Daisy and Brownie levels will continue to have a full uniform ensemble available.
â€¢ Girl Scouts in high school will also have a scarf, uniting them in the WAGGGS tradition.
Personally, I think that none of these changes really matter. The main problem that I have is with some of the girls’ parents. Since that is the same problem that Doug is having with Boy Scouts, I think it is a shift in our culture that may require completely different changes to scouting programs.