What did you do last weekend? I took five teen aged girls to a Boy Scout jamboree. I win.
Actually, it was a lot of fun, and there was minimal drama, but I did come back with a fair amount of plot fodder, should I decide to start writing YA.
First some background: I am an associate advisor for a Venture Crew, which is a division of Boy Scouts for older teens, and is Co-Ed. We do high adventure stuff like whitewater rafting, climbing and rappelling, backpacking...none of which are things that I'm really geared towards, but I'm trying to get in touch with my inner badass and get my 14 YO daughter off the couch, so there you go.
The Troop that we're associated with graciously allowed us to bulldoze our way along to Peterloon, which means...I don't know what the heck Peterloon means. But it's an event where 6100 scouts and a few adults go and spend the weekend doing scouty things.
I ran into exactly two other crews that had girls, and there were only 2-3 girls per crew, so we had the most girls there. I was a little nervous about keeping track of my girls, so I went a little Victorian Nanny on them, not letting anyone out of my sight without another girl in tow, but I needn't have worried. The boys in our Crew peed in circles around them, so they were safe, at least from outside attack.
I did run into a few things that I need to remind them of before the next trip:
1) The cool trick where you can change your bra under your t-shirt is indeed cool, but it still should be done out of the view of 60 boys.
2) It's never a good idea to put the flashlight down in the middle of the tent before you change clothes, as there is a silhouette thing that happens.
3) You may not sit on the lap of any boy in camp, even if he's not your boyfriend and you don't like him that way. Really. And using his knees as a back rest when you aren't sitting on his lap is a no-go, too.
I can't wait to be briefed on back country feminine hygeine before our next trip...