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5/23/11 4:31 P

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It isn't a good idea for any Scouting organization to make its volunteers say "I quit" but GS anyway has changed too fast without input from the current leaders. Too bad--it was a great time!

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5/23/11 9:34 A

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I know exactly how you are feeling.... that's how I feel these days about the BSA. I'm done in 2 weeks.

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5/21/11 4:29 P

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Tomorrow is our last GS meeting--my oldest has earned her Gold and will graduate in June. I had wanted to get the girls together to do some fun activities--but I am giving up. I don't get responses from the girls OR the parents. While I know I am not babysitting any longer, I feel very "taken advantage of" when they don't bother to respond in any way. So--even if I liked the journeys and new ways that are being forced on leaders, I would likely be giving up the troop. The two girls still in HS will be able to work with my new co-leader but I am NOT going to stay active. Best of luck to the rest of you as you navigate the new course that GS has taken.

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Texting is the way to go. It is the only way I get replies from scouts, but they do answer / show up where they are supposed to. They have also friended me on FB (which doesn't sound like it will work in your case) which I use for more detailed messaging - but I usually txt them to tell them to check their fb mail.

My twist is that all my girls have parents that are involved in our community troop in one way or another and these girls aren't allowed to quit. This is something I've struggled with (I've had them since Cadettes and most are Juniors this year), but something must have happened this year because they actually respond and are following up.

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I don't have an answer, but I will tell you that it's not just scouts or even the OLDER scouts. I run into the same problem with my Cub Scout Pack and I hear from the boosters that the Marching Band has similar problems. I know, watching my daughter, that email is NOT a high priority. Texting is definitely the "in" thing (even her teachers are now sending texts!). She rarely even gets on the computer these days. For that matter, neither does my son (who's almost 16). If he's on FB he's there to chat, not actually do stuff on FB. I got him a skype account and he's on that alot.

And the parents are no help either. I think the "drop & run" parents (or drop & sit around) just don't care to even be active enough to reply.....they are just THAT lazy. You can't MAKE them read or reply to stuff no matter how you get it to them. I think, unfortunately, we just have to make sure all the information is out there that they need and cross our fingers that they'll show or participate.

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Yeah email seems to be old technology, I must be old, I like email. It's too bad they won't friend you on facebook because that would be a good route. Maybe plan a computer night and everyone log on and accept the leader as a friend. I don't have much for a solution for you. Sorry. We have two 16 year olds and the leaders are their moms so we just kinda tell them what they're doing. We don't do much so they don't complain much.

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4/20/11 7:39 P

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The one that always comes is mine! But once in a while a few of the others do things. With so few, it is hard if they can't all come but I am giving up on that! I did like the big troop in 3rd-4th grade. I'll let you know if I find a magic formula!

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I am with ya on this one. I have 6th grade girls and I have resorted to texting them, which is a pain, but I do get some response. I email the parents and the girls who have email but out of the 8 girls I have 2 that reply. Its getting harder, but I still have three girls that are diehards and will do anything GS. So I am sticking with it as long as they want to. If you figure out an answer, please post it!

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I know I am "old"--I still use phones and email. I have 7 HS seniors and juniors and cannot get them to return emails. I even copy the parents and can't get info back. We had a lunch planned today--eat lunch, then work on the Car Sense IP--never did hear yes or no from 3 of the girls. I will NOT miss this troop--mine graduates and I am DONE. But they want to do "something" to use the $$ we've made and I can't get them to commit. My middle daughter's troop went to St. Thomas--I have said no cause they can't agree on a date to do camping for 2 nights, much less going somewhere for a week! Any ideas or suggestions? I have offered to do Facebook messages BUT they have to friend me. That hasn't happened either (and yes, they have to friend me due to their privacy settings).

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