Before school was out in May, the troop leader’s daughter was caught kissing a boy in school and sent to the principal’s office (along with the boy). This was unacceptable behavior, seemingly innocent but inappropriate. Therefore, as the troop was boarding the bus for this summer’s week-long girl scout camp, each girl was given a computerized baby to care for the entire time. It was programmed to cry every 2 hours for a feeding, had to be changed, and would also cry if not held or cared for properly. They could only go swimming or eat or shower, if their babies were asleep and quiet. My niece, a baby lover, said she was the only one who enjoyed camp this year. They all came home exhausted and a bit dirty. It was a well-earned merit badge, as well as a lesson in reality.
This woman is my hero. Actions speak louder than words; realistic consequences speak louder than any threats or scoldings.