Re: Ben LOVE and COED scouts
Dan Gunderud (V114N6GX@UBVMS.BITNET)
Wed, 4 Apr 1990 18:06:00 EST
So far, I've been content to sit back and read all the introductions
that you all have been posting. I couldn't let this one go by, though.
>From: "Theodore L. Golubinski Jr." <THGOLUBI@MTUS5.BITNET>
>Subject: RE: Ben LOVE and COED scouts
>I would like to state my
>opinion on the subject of Co-Ed scouting. B. P. founded the Scouting movement
(History buffs skip this paragraph.) Baden Powell was an English army
officer who fought in Africa around the turn of the century. He wrote
a book on field tactics that went public and was wildly popular. When
he returned to the U.K., he was appalled to find young boys reading and
acting out the military tactics from that book. He wrote another one,
something like "Scouting for Boys", which he thought to be more
B.P. did all that at a time when the only thing women/girls were for
were cooking, cleaning, and ministering the wounds of men. Besides
nurses, the mere thought of women in the military was ridiculous. The
thought of girls wanting to join a club that WAS one step from the
military was only slightly less than ridiculous.
When the Girl Scouts was founded, not too long afterwards, ideologies
hadn't changed, much. But, women's suffrage wasn't too far off.
Now, however, the only thing women aren't allowed to do in the military
is join a combat squad. (Of course, in Israel, they do.) That isn't to
say that they can't engage in combat, but that they aren't allowed to go
looking for it.
Times are changing, and there's no reason that Scouting can't change
with them, if the changes are for the good.
One other thing, asking a crowd of 100 adolescent Boy Scouts if they
want to have Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts combined will almost always
get you a different answer than asking each Scout separately.
I suppose I'll introduce myself later.
former Life Scout
Brother in O.A.
former ASM, SM, MC, CM
currently college student
SUNY at Buffalo
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City