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GIRL SCOUTS Then and now



Published: Sun, August 26, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.


Girl Scouts say things have changed dramatically over the last 90 years. To illustrate that point, they show the difference in badges and their requirements over the years:
THEN
Matron Housekeeper (1913): Use a vacuum cleaner or stain and polish hardware floors; store fur and flannels; clean glass, kitchen utensils, brass and silverware; know three cuts of meat and the prices of each.
Electrician (1920): Learn simple battery connections and fusions; learn to rescue and resuscitate someone who has been electrocuted; learn about nonconducting substances and insulation.
Cyclist (1920): Offer her bicycle to the government in case of need; learn to read a map; learn to fix a flat tire.
NOW
Ms. Fix-It (2001): Replace a broken windowpane safely; demonstrate how to repair a leaking toilet; help with some painting, papering or other repair work to walls; find out what changes could be made to a home to save water.
Making It Matter (2001): Take apart a simple appliance to see how it works; make a polymer using household chemicals; use CAD (computer-assisted design) to build a model and test how the design will work.
Adventure Sports (2001): Demonstrate skills in rock climbing, surfing, mountain biking and kayaking; find ways to lessen the impact of adventure sports on the environment.


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