8 thoughts on “Spot the Difference

  1. That is why I quit Girl Scouts years ago when I was a kid – until I was old enough to join Mariner Girl Scouts and learn to tie knots and sail boats. I was so angry that my brother got to go camping and learn how to make a fire and cook in the woods and build things etc etc in the Boy Scouts, and in the Girl Scouts we sewed and learned to set tables properly and cook canned spaghetti.

  2. ffs indeed. I find it so unbelievable that this shit didn’t die in the 70s. I mean, we killed it then, didn’t we? Carrying on from the 60s? Wtf happened?

  3. At first I completely missed the “Girl Scouts” subheading and thought that “Science with a Sparkle” was on the Boy Scout roster. Since the Sparkle option seems fun and some of the others seemed empowering, in total, it looked like a nice mix of options for any kid, regardless of gender.

    So I wasn’t mad yet.

    But when I noticed the subheading, I saw the problem:

    The girls had only had ONE option available to them. The boys had NINE.

    And while unfortunately, all devoid of *sparkle* five of these options seemed just as leisurely. But FOUR of these- Chemistry, Engineering, Astronomy, and Robotics- don’t just fascinate kids, but challenge them too. And therein provide a leg-up on critical thinking and employable skills. And a leg-up on critical thinking and employable skills is a leg-up on confidence and autonomy.

    The GSs end up with no empowering options, and only one way to have fun.

    Okay, now I’m mad.

  4. The event was run by the Carnegie Science Center, but the problem does seem to be with the Girl Scouts and not Carnegie (which actually does run lots of STEM programs and events for girls).
    Here is Carnegie’s response (via Jezebel):

    Regarding Girl Scout-specific programming, we have struggled when it comes to enrollments for our Girl Scout programs. In the past, we have offered engineering, chemistry, and robotics programming for Girl Scouts. We created programming to go along with the new Journeys that Girl Scouts use. Unfortunately, no troops signed up for these. The programs that consistently get enrollments are “Science with a Sparkle” and our Sleepovers at the museum.

    We still have a long way to go.

  5. So enrollment is by troop, and not by scout. So for all we know, there were individual GScouts who expressed interest, but were perhaps outnumbered in their respective troops.

  6. Why can’t Boy & Girl Scout troops (if they must be separate) team up and just have Scout workshops on science? Then there’s no enrollment problem, and none of the obvious problems entailed in the current setup either. Why do we have to segregate 9-year-olds by sex?

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