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    We are seriously thinking about starting an Earthscouts chapter. Does anyone here have any experience with this? Either as a scout or a facilitator?

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    What is Earth Scouts?

    I have heard of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Spiral Scouts.
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    EarthScouts is new to me, too ... tuning in
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    Found this: Earth Scouts
    DD will be so proud to know it's based at home in Tampa (she has a lot of pride in her state and city, even though she's only actually lived there for 3 years)! I am going to peruse the Facilitator's Guide and learn more. We may become an Earth Scout family. The kids have no interest in Boy or Girl Scouts but this seems to be right up our alley.
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    Also interested to see what people say. When I first heard about it I looked into it and I am pretty sure there is only one chapter in Wisconsin. I love the idea behind earth scouts!
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    I'd looked in to earth and spiral scouts, but knew i didnt have it in me to start any. supposedly someone is starting a spiral scouts here, soon, but i havent heard back from my contact.
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    We were invited to join a local homeschool troop, but our schedule just didn't allow it. This is just my take, but from what I've heard from the families involved, it sounds to me like a great program, but less connected with a sense of a larger organization and structure the way the boy/girl scouts are, which means more freedom for the troops to do whatever inspires them but also maybe more planning and figuring it out on your own kind of stuff.
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    My initial scanning of the Facilitators' Guide was quick, but it seems to be something right up our alley. Though likely geared more toward the left-of-center crowd (which we are), I think the idea is great for teaching kids the importance of being good stewards of the earth and of the community at large. For the right-of-center people it might be too touchy-feely, grass-rootsy, world citizeny, earth and environment friendly. I need to find the time to read deeper. I do like that it's not required that you join a group (like a GS or BS troop; ES doesn't use the word troop--too military-like, which I find funny being a military family ). You can do it individually or as a family. Family is the way for us to go. Maybe when we move back stateside I'd be interested in finding a group, just for the connections to a social group and ease of planning projects.

    (On a side note, back in my working mom days I did work for one of the major funders of Earth Scouts, the Hillsborough Children's Board. I mapped every single child/day care, preschool, public and private school in the county in 2005, among other mapping projects for them. A very community oriented organization.)
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    I've never heard of it before but sounds interesting, wonder if they're near me? When my Mother was a teenager she was in a program called Sea Scouts, I wonder if it's related? They did a lot of outdoor stuff. They went fishing in FL, Spelunking (sp?), rapelling, you know all the cool things boys had been able to do, now girls could too (it was co-ed). I have always been jelous of her experiences with them. Would love to give my kids the same kind of memories. My problem with boy scouts is the overt christian, and boy only theme. We tried, but in the end I just couldn't do it anymore.
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    I've been thinking about joining a local Earth Scouts troop or starting a family when my kids are both old enough. Although I was wondering if they would frown upon me driving around in my gas-guzzling Suburban.
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