A guide through the errors

4th September 1998 at 01:00
WHAT AN odd article was "Back to basics" (Summer School, August 21), full of errors. There is no such thing as "Venture Guides". Girls aged 10-15 are Guides. (Boys and girls can join Scouts and when too old for that, they can join Venture Scouts.) The whole article compares Scouts and Brownies and yet they are completely different age groups. Very few Brownies camp, ie pitch tents and live in them. Most Brownies go on pack holidays. Guides, however, do camp, so why not use them to make the comparison? (Or doesn't the name "Guide" have such good snigger value for the ignorant as "Brownie" does?) I could continue at length about the inaccuracies and errors, but what's the point? If a journalist can't be bothered with accuracy in research, he or she is not going to be interested in errors. If you want this kind of article, ask a Guider or Scout leader to write it!

Fiona Saunders Guide Guider and Assistant County Commissioner South Mount Street, Aberdeen

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