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Boy Scouts of America National Council
March 25, 2011

Great organization, but expensive to be in, and now I see why. The popcorn sales are ridiculously overpriced and the executives grossly overpaid.

But the program is great. It gives young men what they need to stay focused on what's important in life. It all comes down to the quality of the local leaders and if they can follow the program and care about the boys. You're dealing with youth, and there are some mistakes.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my sons grow into responsible young men. One was started a level higher in the Army because of his Eagle. The other went in for a job at age 18 and the owner pointed to a huge stack of applications and complained how awful the applicants were. When he found out my son was an Eagle, he hired him on the spot and very quickly made him an assistant manager.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Cap the pay of anyone to $75,000. There are plenty of retired men who are capable to do this job and probably have higher standards than anyone willing to soak the Boy Scouts for a million a year. And get rid of the stupid popcorn. Scouts can raise money on service projects where they keep the money, not overpriced popcorn where all the money goes to some popcorn producer. don't change the program. Remember, a scout is thrifty. What is thrifty about a million dollars a year for ONE PERSON?

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Mother of two Eagle Scouts.

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GIRL SCOUTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
March 25, 2011

How can anyone say anything bad about the Girl Scouts? It's unAmerican. They keep their nose clean.

As a Girl Scout leader, I was appalled to see that the handbook for girls as young as 12 said that "you might be put in a situation where you need an abortion. Try to find a trusted adult to talk to." So much for the values I had as a child. There are NONE in the system anymore.

All of the badges now are focused on drilling into the girls' heads that you are NOTHING without a career. So much for a husband and family, and motherhood is NOT a career. Homemaking, cooking, sewing, childcare -- are only in the frame of doing these things professionally. You must TALK to a professional in each of these areas to get the badge. You aren't really capable of raising your own children. You need to let a trained professional do it.

Beautiful songs like "He has the whole world in his hands?" Now the verses include "He has the sexy sexy Seniors in his hands." What a thing to aspire to! "I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee" has verses about smashing it, eating it, throwing up, and eating it again. Lovely. And these are the words the leaders laugh as they sing it all together.

Locally, I love the leaders. But Girl Scouts used to be about values and morals, and personal growth. Now it is all political correctness. It is pretty clear that the leadership of this organization is right now in the toilet and your girls, your volunteer efforts, and your cookie money are better spent somewhere else.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

go back to the basic tenets and law on which Girl Scouts was founded. And put back the ten laws I grew up with, including "A Girl Scout is clean in thought, word and deed." This organization is morally filthy.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Teach virtue, morals, standards to the girls. Fire the Girl Scout leader convicted of embezzling from her employer instead of letting her continue to be the cookie chairman and handle money.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

no

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I loved working with the girls. The present program stinks, though.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I volunteered for a year as a Girl Scout Leader, creating my own troop and attending regional activities. .

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