This IS a good article! It's true, our schools should present at least SOME of these skills. Last night on TV news they indicated some schools don't teach Home Ec - girls can't even sew buttons on! Girl Scouting is not what it was, either. Primitive camping isn't taught since "conservation" took over. No more making hot dog sticks from living tree branches - we'd be destroying the wilderness! Our local camp has dressers in the cabins; we roughed it with orange crates! They now have hot AND cold running water, and indoor plumbing; we had cold water, our own basins, & an outhouse! I don't know if the use of jack-knives or fire-building are still taught, (concealed weapons? dangerous matches?) but the neckscarf that used to double as various kinds of bandage is "not stylish enough", so that's gone. The campaign hat, once used as an emergency water container, was gone before I joined up, in 1948. Girl Scouting seems to stress fashion and "political correctness", rather than survival skills or preparedness these days. My point is, if Girl Scouting is changing like it was in the '70's, today's girls need another source for "pioneer training"!