1 green thing: Statistics show scouting could make us greener

November 4, 2009

By Jan Herbert

Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

Did you know 70 percent of women in the U.S. Congress, 64 percent of the women in Who’s Who of American Women, and 53 percent of all women business owners are former Girl Scouts? With “use resources wisely” as a part of Girl Scout law, it makes me wonder how many who were in Girl Scouting are green.

In looking up more information about the Boy Scouts, I discovered Boy Scout law indicates a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. In addition to these sterling qualities, the last line of the Outdoor Code is “be conservation-minded.”

Sure seems to me if EVERY child were involved in scouting, we might be further along the “green road.” With the statistics from the first paragraph in mind (and I have to guess they would be similar regarding boys and boy scouting), young parents should not simply suggest their children get involved…they should INSIST upon it.

It has nothing to do with being green, but both organizations also hold our nation’s flag with great respect. That is more than enough reason to buy the cookies, holiday wreaths, and/or to give money to the organizations.

If you were a scout, you certainly received something from the organization, which has helped make you successful or green, or both. Make sure the next generation has the same opportunity. Please?

For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@RockfordParkdistrict.org.

From the November 4-10, 2009 issue

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