Daily Dose of Frustration

Day 94

The Girls Scouts are going to drive me crazy.

Check that– I am driving me crazy; the girl scouts are just providing this week’s vehicle.

I have spent the last two hours trying to find a second hand GS vest for my oldest child.  Given that the Girl Scouts have been around for ONE HUNDRED YEARS,  I really thought finding a second hand vest was going to be no problem.  I’m surprised I even started this early.

What I didn’t consider was each troop has a unique number.  The vest also needs a patch with the Council ID  (It’s really not worth explaining what that is) and all used vests have about a gazillion other patches ALREADY SEWN on them that will need to be removed.

If I even can.

I’m not sure.

I haven’ t actually tried yet. 


(That’s a glimpse at my internal dialogue)

As you can imagine, this seemingly simple acquisition has many moving parts.

This is even more annoying in that we have spent the last two years filling up a brown vest with patches and other brownie bling.  Actually, I haven’t even gotten all the patches sewn on from last year yet and now that vest is obsolete because she has moved up to the Junior level.   Not a thing on that vest can be reused, not even the troop number because it is printed in brown, which is so last year.

It is still early in the year, but after about three months of this, I am starting to see a pattern. So far, the major things like electronics, clothes and home furnishings really are not that difficult to live without or just live with what you have (of course, nothing major has broken, cross your fingers).    It is the little things that seem to be the most difficult.  The items that 95 days ago, I wouldn’t have even given a second thought to picking up at Target.    The  barbeque skewers, hair bands, lost swimming goggles and depleted sock supply are the things seem to cause the most daily frustration.

And, of course, there are the things that the kids NEED like thumb drives and Girl Scout Uniforms.  Which really, do they need?  According to the Girl Scout Council’s website– they do.   Which leads me to ask the next question, probably one more suited to different blog. What about girls whose families can’t actually afford to drop $50 on a “Brownie Starter Kit and sash”?  Are they excluded from scouts?

So, I finally bought a vest online and decided my temporary solution is to call her an “exchange scout” from Troop 1710 in Northeast Georgia. She’s going to have to start practicing her southern accent.






3 Responses to Daily Dose of Frustration

  1. My husband is the cubmaster for the cub scouts here in Bailey and our local council has uniforms that people have donated when they are done with them and we give them out to scouts who don’t want to buy a new one. Check with your local Council! 🙂

  2. That’s a good idea! Also GS does have Scholarships available for uniforms, but since YOU decided to have a simple year, I’m thinking you won’t qualify. Since I know Kayla’s troop leader personally, that doesn’t help! As for finding th used, I hate to tell U that lots of people
    Save them as keepsakes.
    NOW recycled dance shoes…. I’m all over that! Let me know if u come across some of those! 😉

    Also we aren’t changing our troop number…. Would love to hello u out, but too much trouble on my end!

  3. As a troop leader, I LOVE the idea of girl scouts, but have become keenly aware of the money making business that it is. Last year, the troop made $1300 in cookie money, which, I am sure the GS office made a bundle on as well. When we were doing our finances for the next year, we realized that $500 was going back to the office for our badges. Really?? That is insane! I thought about cutting out some felt symbols and making up my new badge system for our troop and treating them all to a free weekend of camping! The parents hate ironing/sewing on the stuff anyway. As for saving things as keepsakes….do we really need 3 types of vests as keepsakes. With our new foster daughter, I considered being the leader but want to start with a sash and stay with it for 5 years…now that would be a keepsake! Maybe we could use fabric paint and paint a symbol for each “badge” that we earn. Did I mention that I love Girl Scouts?

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