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Girl Scouts is still here!

This year being the 70th anniversary of Girl Scouts, there are so many people asking me questions about the program.

Based on how thing are being presented in the media, many people believe the Girls Scouts’ and the Boy Scouts’ programs are combining. I continue to inform people. They ARE NOT combining. The Girl Scouts Of America continues to run just as it has for almost 70 Years. The Boy Scouts are changing their program to allow girls to be members. We are still two different programs.

I greatly respect the Boy Scouts Of America. My son is a Cub Scout. My husband, brother and nephew are Eagle Scouts. It is a great program. I believe that the goal of both, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts is to help develop strong leaders that can accomplish great things.

I’ve heard some people say that Girl Scouts is just about arts and crafts. This is just not true. Girl Scouts do some crafts, but they also camp, hike, canoe, earn badges, explore science and technology, become entrepreneurs and are challenged to earn their own prestigious award – the Gold Award, among many other things.

The question I would pose to parents of young daughters is, “Where do you think your daughter would develop the best leadership skills?” Would it be with a well established, all girls group where strong and independent female leadership continues to thrive? Or, would it be among a group of boys that is just establishing an option for girls?

I personally have worked Girl Scout summer camps with 5 and 6-year-old girls in the last 6 years. When they arrive, these girls don’t think they are able to do things for themselves. By the end of the week, they have learned more responsibility, they have been taught how to cook on a campfire themselves and have often even faced fears. This is in just their first year of Girl Scouting.

My own daughter, now 14, has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten. I have seen her go from a very shy, self-conscious girl to a very confident young woman who is not afraid to try new things, speak in public or even do things differently than her peers. She has learned so much from Girl Scouts.

I know that the Girl Scouts Of America program is not available everywhere, but I hope where it is that parents look to this program to continue to empower and cultivate more great women leaders in our communities. Jennifer Meadows

Google experiment fails

I am disappointed to hear Google Fiber is pulling out of Louisville. I have been looking forward to their service. By experimenting with shallow ditched cable, Google set itself up for failure. We deserved better than that. Reginald Glass

Bevin’s comments on getting soft

Regarding recent comments by Gov. Matt Bevin on snow days: First and most obvious is that we do not want our children standing at the bus stops in temperatures that can put them at risk.

Additionally, temperatures that low can create a large draw on electricity. Thank goodness the powers that be take into consideration the risk of a blackout so that we don’t have thousands of children stuck in our school buildings with no electricity. In many cases for hours before parents can make arrangements to get them home.

As the parent of a teacher in the Oldham County School system, I appreciate the care taken to make the decisions to peoples health and welfare first. Gina Bertuccio

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