Alpha Phi Omega
Thu, 27 Sep 1990 12:42:00 EST
Alpha Phi Omega, the BOY SCOUTING fraternity, went co-ed in 1972. I wonder
why it took so long for the rest of Scouting to go co-ed. For example, Order
of the Arrow just went co-ed 2 years ago and even then only women 18 and older
can be inducted. This caused a lot of panic in our Lodge as everyone was
having a fit saying that women are going to end up taking all the "boys"
organization over. What does everyone think about this? Should women be
allowed in Scouting? Why did it take so long for ALL regions of scouting to be
affected by the change?
My personnel opinion is that if the women is qualified, then it's ok. What
about the age restrictions. What are they and what do you think they should
be. Do you think there would be a problem with camping??? My council weekend
camp has started to build seperate rooms for the women. As far as I'm aware,
right now women have to be 100ft. away from the males and married couples
cannot sleep together. I get the general consensus(sp?) that people don't
agree with that.
Finally, do the Girl Scouts allow men in their organization?? What is the
Girl Scouting Organization based on? From what I can tewll, it is based on
crafts. This csould be why women want to get into Boy Scouts. With the
OUTDOORS stressed in the Boy Scouts, maybe the Girl Scout program should be
revamped to include more of the outdoors. I know that they go on an occasional
camping trip, but I saw whaty my sister did when she went camping. There was
electricity,cabins, cooked food (real), and it was all "quaint".
What do you think about these points?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City