ALPHA PHI OMEGA, CO-ED SCOUTING
Thu, 27 Sep 1990 21:59:00 MST
David, there was some live discussion on this board last year on the idea
of Co-ed scouting. You may just start it up again.
For your reference, Exploring has been co-ed for a long time. I do not
know dates, but it was Co-ed when I joined a post in 1971. Girls 14+ could
join (same as boys, 14+).
Also, I though Alpha Phi Omega was a SERVICE FRATERNITY that attracts a lot
of Boy Scouts, not a Boy Scout Fraternity. Since I was never a member (a
brother was, I opted to join Alpha Gramma Rho and live with a bunch of
farmmers), maybe you can clarify that. It would be interesting to know the
real background/history and purpose of APO.
RE: Women in the O-A. Girls may follow who knows, but there are several
problems. If you consider that the only non-adult ladies which could
be elected to the O-A are explorers. All other ladies in scouting are
adult leaders. Then consider the requirements that need to be meet by
those elected which include the 15 days and nights of camping and the long
term camp. Consider the elections just once a year. Consider that many
posts never go camping (they are medical, police, boarder patrol, aviation,
etc...) The earliest a female could be elected would be around 15 years of
age. The odds are not good, especially if there are more expericed
explorers in the post who are interested in the O-A. She will almost be an
adult (18 years) by the time she would get elected anyway.
RE: Girl scout camps, do not be so hard on them. They are not all like
that. The troop I grew up started going to a Girl Scout Camp in Winter and
I found that the facilities were not a good as those at Detroit Area
Council's camps. Sure there were cabins, in Michigan, most camps have
those, Tent camping every month in winter draws too much from your other
programs. But the PIT TOLIETS were not even par with the Pit Toliets at
the Boy Scout Camps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City