girl scouting in Belgium
Sat, 15 Jun 1991 10:05:00 GMT
I read the lines from the past week over girls in scout movement,
grades and so on in BSA. I wish to explain you what is the situation here
in French-speaking Belgium (Europe). It seems that the BSA keep scouting
in the "old fashioned way" (not pejorative) because the movement leaders
are old scouts. It is not possible here, because at least 66% of our
federal leaders must be less than 30 years old !
The grades are gone out of our movement 5-6 years ago, in the same
time, we made a "lifting" of the 10 articles of the scout law (replacing
the "old fashioned" french style in a more modern one, keeping the spirit
of scouting alive). Everyone is now scouting on an equal grade : ancient
are there to help youngsters, not to command !
Female scouting is also going his way in our movement : we call it
co-education. It's already well implemented for the youngsters (8-12) and
some troops are doing fine with girls scouts (even if scouts and guides are
two separate movements in our country, there are girls who WANT to be scouts
and not guides). In these troops, boys and girls are EQUAL : no discrimination.
There are even girls leaders of a whole boy group (revolution *fun*).
The next step is the new reformation of the movement we're making
these days. It's code name is "live together". The spirit is that everyone
in the movement have to act for the life of the whole movement (that is
even the little group leader, far away in the country, can say what should
change in the movement) : that's one one hand, the "vertical" live together.
On the other hand, the "horizontal" live together consist in making leaders
aware of the other components of the [unite] : there are many different groups
6-8, 8-12, 12-16, 16-18 and older and we must keep an educationnal continuity.
That's in a few words what we're doing (the working set for us, federal
assembly consultants, is more than 1500 pages !).
Hope this could help in your american point of view.
*WARNING* It's always difficult to explain such a complex problem in a foreign
language. That's what I'm trying to do. Don't blame me if some
words are not well choosen, but french is my mother language.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City