GIRLS IN BOY SOCUT CAMPS
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 26 Jun 1991 14:33:00 MST
Actually the girls could probably go to the same camp as the boys. After I
came back from college the troop I grew up with had stopped going to some
of the state parks in the winter time, because it was no longer big enough
to be able to pay for the facilities. Rather than use the BSA camp cabins
in Winter every month, they started going to a girl scout camp once a year.
Yes Girl Scout troops were there at the same time. No, not in the same cabin.
But they did have a snowball fight and the boys got murdered. (But then they
were outnumbered about six to one-when one wave of girls got cold, another
wave came out of the cabin).
I have known Boy Scout camps when idle to be rented to church groups to use
as summer camps. Like my old troop used the girl scout camp back in
Detroit, I see no reason that the Girl Scout Troops could not use the Boy
Scout Camps as well.
Without merging the two organizations, you could go as far as having a Girl
Scout troop and Boy Scout troop using the same chartered organization
(School, Church, etc..). The leaders could then coordinate their outings
so they could get parents with children in both groups to go. This would
give wider scope to the leadership the combined groups would have on these
outings and reduce the amount of time demanded from the adults and leaders
who went. An example of how this might help everyone, let's say one of
your parents is a professor of astronomy at the local university. He has a
son in the Boy Scout troop and a daugther in the Girl Scout Troop. By
using only one weekend of his time, he goes on this outing with both troops
and Saturday night gives everyone a lession in astronomy.
BSA rules and regulations are there for good reason, but they are not as
inflexible as the lawsuits may make you think they are. I am sure Brownies
have day camps just like the Cub Scouts do. The two organizations can
cooperate if they want to. This way the speical programs can be provided
to both. If you get technical, the cub day camps would be separate, but
there is nothing to say they can not share the programs and guest speakers
if they are in the same location!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City