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Topic: Camping (07/11/05)
TITLE: Potty Party
By Ruth Costley
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During my younger years, I was a part of a Girl Scout troop in St. Louis, MO. I would have to say that we were a special bunch that seemed to have been taken right out of a movie, Troop Beverly Hills of course. For all of you who have never seen Troop Beverly Hills, I definitely think that you should rent it. The movie centers on this group of girls from Beverly Hills that decided to camp in hotel rooms and make badges about shopping. My Girl Scout troop on the other hand took cruises to the Bahamas. Being on a cruise can be roughing it, especially if you have four girls sharing a small room and one bathroom with a toilet that made loud noises when flushed. Our leaders actually did plan a real roughing it trip to the Black Hills of Tennessee once, but when asked what we wanted to do on our backpacking trip to Tennessee we all simply stated that we would prefer not to walk that much. In the first couple of years though, they actually did get our troop to campout. Well sort of, we preferred to stay in lodges furnished by our local Girl Scout Camp. Either way we were forced to discretely spend some of our time in a good ole’ fashioned latrine. As an adult although these houses conjure up feelings of disgust, most of us are still able to use them. However, the eight year old girls in my troop were afraid of the latrine. We were afraid of the spiders and other bugs lurking in the corners and the dark black hole for which we would have to sit over to perform our duties. Hence, our leaders decided to throw us a potty party. We decorated the place with streamers and balloons, made quirky signs that simply stated no germy boys allowed, and sang weird little songs. I always looked forward to the potty party. A lesson should definitely be learned from this simple childhood event, we should throw more parties! Just like the party that was thrown for the prodigal son on his return home. We need to rejoice more and whine less. We should all stand up and defy this depressing world and throw a party and go to the Bahamas more often.
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