Re: Co-ed Boy Scouts
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Mon, 3 Feb 1992 12:16:18 CST
You might check into the BSA Family Program to see if it offers the latitude
you seek. The way I understand it (and I *haven't* read the book!), it is
a way for parents to utilize some elements of the BSA programs at home in a
family setting and then meet quarterly as adults to discuss successes, prob-
lems, etc. It is not, however, a way to let girls work on Cub badges, etc.
It may allow (justify?) a higher level of female sibling participation and
interaction with some "official" recognition.
Female youth participation in coed activities, especially *overnight* camping
trips would call for "four deep" leadership -- two female adults and two male
adults. One would think that the BSA would have to then initiate an institu-
tion-wide program on safe sex and contraception. Although this is not a bad
idea, many other public institutions, especially schools, have been unable to
get permission to do this. The potential for legal problems is genuinely
Personally, I would love to see some public or private institution in the
US take the lead with a coed program that demystified gender and sex, but
I am not convinced the BSA or the GSUSA is the group to attempt this mission.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City