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5/1/08 8:37 A

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I personally believe that being a part of Girl Scouts is to learn life's lessons. I think that the leaders should sit down with the girl and her mother and tell them the facts (all of them).

I want to get to a healthy weight and stay there forever. I don't have to make huge changes all at once, just small ones consistently.


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4/29/08 9:00 P

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Then perhaps she doesn't need to go. That's not teaching the girl about life and how to get what you want out of it. Maybe talk to the girl and tell her what will be given to her and if more is needed she/mom will be expected to pick it up. We all need to pitch in where needed.

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4/29/08 5:55 P

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Well, actually we have about 8 fundraisers planned to just get all the money we need. I don't about asking her mom to do a fund raiser by themselves. I did think about telling her mom that we are budgeting 1 meal, 1 ticket and that more than that has to come from her. But then, I know she'd say she doesn't have it. For me, I would start saving now as we are over a year away but this mom's attitude is very much that we "owe" her everything. She expects us to pick up and deliver her daughter to every event, as she is a single mom. You get the picture - sweet girl, demanding mom.

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4/29/08 3:34 P

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Throw a bake sale in with it. Our baked stuff went incredibly fast when we did our yard sale. We could have done just a bake sale.

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4/29/08 2:38 P

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It really seems like a difficult situation you guy got into. I would probably be truthful to the mom about the airline seat and see if she could do some fund raising for her own daughter. Your girls worked hard for that money and it doesn't seem fair to them that they will have to pay the cost of things when the other girl hasn't contributed at all. Could you have one more fundraiser before you buy the tickets. We did really well at are two yard sales. One yard sale on one day we earned five hundred dollars and at the other I think it was around seven hundred. We asked for donations from other troops and around our neighborhood beside our own contributions. We advertised it really well. Parked cars on the street with signs, posting on free web sites like craiglist and pennysaver and then we also advertised in a news paper. I also let others know we were having the sale by letting other troops know (boy scouts and girl scouts). I also worded it properly in my advertisement. I used sentences like Girl scout fundraiser, help us go to San Francisco, many families contributing etc. So we had lots and lots of stuff to sale with good advertising. After the sale we got rid of the stuff by taking it to Goodwill and we also kept stuff that we thought we could still sale at another yard sale. It would only take one really good day. We sold until 3 or 4 p.m.. Its a quick way to get money and no hassles afterwards.

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4/29/08 11:20 A

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Wow, that's a delimma. I don't think anyone should get extra food. That's easy. You planned one meal per person. Or give them spending limits. The plane tickets are more iffy. I don't think you should have to pay for it, but how do you get around it? Do you have enough money to pay for an extra ticket? If not, then what? I think the parent/girl should have some responsibility in the matter. Maybe encourage her to do her own fundraising. I don't envy you on this one.

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4/29/08 10:15 A

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I have a girl in my troop who is grossly overweight. Her mom is a little overweight, but nothing like the daughter. At a recent sporting event, she coudn't fit in the chair. My co-leader and I have been worried about her health all year, but haven't known anything we can do, except do healthy snacks at meetings, work on nutritional badges. Next summer (2009) we are planning our Cadette trip. This girl joined our troop last year with her Mother declaring "we are poor and I can't pay for nuthin'". Not really a problem, but didn't really like her declaration. So of course, this girl will be going on the Cadette trip with money the other girls have been saving for 6 years. Still my girls don't have a problem with this (I have good girls). Here's the probelm - one, her Mother mentioned to my co-leader that on a trip she took with her old troop, she got tired and they had to rent her a wheelchair . . . could be an issue as we are planning a pretty active trip, but still can work around this. Big issue - I don't think she will fit in a single plane seat - should the troop have to eat the cost for a 2nd seat? And should I buy her 2or 3 meals at one sitting, as opposed to the 1 normal meal my girls will eat? I really don't know what to do on this one. Any advice?

One day at a time . . .


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