I was very upset reading your recent article titled "New Opportunities open for Girls Joining Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA.” The opinions of girls and parents quoted were very different from my Girl Scout experience. Their opinion was based solely on the troop they were a member of. I was a Girl Scout leader for 25 years and led each of three troops from kindergarten through their high school years. My troops went camping starting in kindergarten. We started in cabins but by second grade we were in tents for family camping. Over the course of each troop’s 13 years, we went camping about five times a year with a week-long camping experience in the summer. We camped in tents when it was below freezing, mastered camping and cooking skills, hiking, backpacking, rock-climbed indoors and outdoors, white water rafted, learned to sail one-man sail boats, archery, shooting, orienteering, learned wilderness survival, financial literacy, learned to check and ride ATVs, horseback riding, and many other outdoor and nature activities. All of the Troop members, approximately 10 to 15 girls earned their Bronze and Silver Awards when they were in fourth to sixth grade or seventh and eighth grade, respectively. Almost all of the girls earned their Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn at the high school level. All are leadership projects where the girl addresses a community issue and then researches, plans, organizes and executes. Each of these project needs to be at least 80 hours of the girl’s time, not man hours.