Paul Parry (PAULP@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 18 Sep 1990 14:59:33 EDT
I'd like to respond to several things that I've read. First, I whole
heartedly agree that single mothers in general are not to blame for
the obesity/laziness of scouts. Two of the most active members of our
troop committee (one comes to every troop meeting) are single mothers.
The inclusion of woman into scout leadership has helped solve the
problem of lack of leadership due to lack of fathers. My council now
has several troops that are lead by single mothers as scoutmasters, and
these troops have great programs.
As far as rich helping poor, I have seen this work well at the troop
level, and have seen several mergers occur from friendships between
rich and poor troops. Having recently moved from a near-bankrupt
council (Indian Trails, CT, est. 1971) to a neighboring wealthy council
(Narragansett, RI, est.c.'20)I'd ideally like to think that rich councils
could help poorer ones. This however, is about as unlikely as rich suburbs
opening up their public schools to inner-city youths. Disappointing, but true.
Paul Parry, ASM, Troop 9, Cranston, RI
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