Re: Marge Menkes and Cub Scout day camp
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Mon, 24 Jun 1991 09:18:47 CDT
The problem in this case seemed to have started as the result of a "severe
error in judgement" on the part of the local Council: she was allowed to
register with the pack as a Cub Scout. National later rejected her Scout
application, but the pack had already caused a problem.
I don't really see what the problem was here. I just attended a Cub Scout
Day Camp and there were plenty of girls there. They were not, of course,
registered Cub Scouts or registered for the Day Camp, but some of them
were *registered* as Day Camp Staff. The others were there with walk-around
parents. No one seemed to be concerned at all.
Incidentally, almost any boy or girl can help out with a Cub Scout den as a
Den Aide. This position has an open-ended age requirement as I recall. It
is recognized by National but it is not a registered position. See the CS
Leader Book for a more detailed description. It solves the problem of
having girls at den meetings on a regular basis, but note that this position
is not covered by pack or Council insurance and the Aide cannot earn badges.
Although I personally have no problem with female Cub Scouts, I see two
1. It is hard enough to find leaders to register and participate. Female Cubs
would mean that "two-deep leadership" would really be "four-deep" because
you would need two male and two female leaders at all functions. Webelos
camping would become even more restrictive.
2. Until the courts limit the personal liability for individual Scout leaders
and protect BSA and similar groups from frivilous law suits, I doubt we'll
ever see completely coed Scouting.
I think the parents in this case need to re-examine their position. Regardless
of what they think BSA should or shouldn't be, I think they have treated their
daughter poorly by falsely raising her expectations and making her a circus
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City