Humorous Girl Scout Terms and Their Meanings......
While surfing the net we found something that just had to be shared. Alyson M. of the Pickering Valley Service Unit in Freedom Valley Girl Scout Council, Pennsylvania has developed an excellent web page for her Service Unit. This was done as a Silver Award project. She has graciously given us permission to use her findings. If you would like to see some other great work she has compiled then check out her Silver Award Project and see if you don't agree with us.....What a GREAT job she has done!! We have taken the liberty of adding some other terms for your enjoyment.
Four Program Goals For Girls:
1. To Develop to Her Full Individual Potential.
Translation: You are a very small cog in a very big machine.
2. To Relate to Others With Increasing Understanding, Skill, and Respect.
Translation: You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.
3. To Develop Values to Guide Her Actions and to Provide the Foundation for Sound Decision-making.
Translation: Never Miss a Meeting or a Deadline
4. To Contribute to the Improvement of Society Through the Use of Her Abilities and Leadership Skills, Working in Cooperation With Others.
Translation: Sell Cookies and collect for Family Appeal.
- Family Appeal Chairman - Calls parents to tell them the leader needs money to send in.
- Cookie Chairman - Parent with a garage and a pick up truck.
- Emergency Contact - Parent who is always home except when
you need them.
- Telephone Chairman - Calls to tell parents what was in the note sent home.
- Transportation Chairman - Parent with station wagon or van.
Types of Troop Government:
- Brownie Ring - Circle of chairs that girls run around.
- Town Meeting - Chairs all face the same way but girls don't.
- Patrol System - Small groups of chairs - girls all in the
Girl Scout Glossary:
- Badge - A small, round patch on a girl's sash that she
can't remember what she did to get.
- Bridging - A ceremony in which girl is given her honorable discharge from the troop.
- Brownie - Short girl in brown dress which is either 2 sizes too big or 1 size too small.
- Buddy System - Pairing of girls which guarantees they will never be in the same place at the same time.
- Cadette - Tall girl who would rather be caught dead than seen in uniform.
- Candelighting - Ceremony in which a Girl Scout demonstrates that she cannot light a match.
- Color Guard - Group of Girl Scouts tripping over each other while banging flag poles into door jambs.
- Court of Awards - Ceremony parents attend to make sure
their daughter got more badges than the neighbor's daughter.
- Court of Honor - Mythical part of the patrol system.
- Daisy - Very short girl with blue smock covering all food, paint, and grubby hand stains on regular clothes.
- Fly-Up - Brownie ceremony similar to Bridging ceremony, but girls are booted out of the nest as well.
- Friendship Circle - Girls standing in circle trying to out-squeeze each other's hands.
- Girl Scout Sign - Girl holding up 3 fingers so she has something to look at while saying her promise.
- Girl Scout Week - A week on the calendar, sometime in March, that overstressed leaders can't seem to think of anything special to do to celebrate it.
- Investiture - Ceremony in which girl forgets her promise after practicing it at least 25 times that afternoon.
- Junior - Medium size girl dressed in green with sash falling off shoulder.
- Juliette Low's Birthday - Usually called Halloween because that's more "fun".
- Kaper - Fancy name to trick the girls into cleaning the latrine.
- Kaper Chart - Poster board announcing, for all to see, who gets to clean the latrine.
- Motto - Be Prepared, but any experienced leader actually knows it's Be Flexible.
- Neighborhood/Service Unit - A geographical subdivision of a council with a fancy name to confuse new leaders as to where they belong.
- Patrol - Group of 6 - 8 girls who used to be best friends.
- Quiet Sign - Handsignal invented by leader with laryngitis.
- Ranger - Man in charge of scout camp -- can see gum wrapper under a tent 50 yards away.
- Scout's Own - A ceremony where no-one contributes anything and everyone wonders what is coming next.
- Service Team - Group of adults that muddles along trying to convice everyone else they are great administrators.
- Sit-Upon - A mat or pad, usually somewhere else when you really need it.
- Thinking Day - Special Guiding and Scouting day when
leaders worldwide wonder why they are spending more than an hour a week on somebody elses' girls.
- Troop - Large group of girls dedicated to making leader insane.
- Try-It - Triangular piece of colored cloth on a girl's
sash/vest that shows she's been showing up to meetings.
- WAGGGS - What leaders do with their index fingers to girls that are misbehaving.
If you enjoyed these humorous terms, then you are truly a Girl
Scout/Guide through and through! And we know that ALL Girl Scouts/Guides enjoy eating and sharing good stories....so....drop by the International Camping Cyber Cookbook page and help us help others!
Have you ever wondered if you were too involved in Girl
Guiding/Scouting? Then perhaps you should check
hilarious page and see if you fit any of the descriptions
For additional laughs about another aspect we all have experienced,you can check out the musings and reminiscing of Guiders and Girl Scouts world wide as they relate their
Latrine Stories. They are downright funny!
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