Reply to Co-ed Boy Scouts
Thu, 6 Feb 1992 03:25:56 -0500
The grapevine has it that Boy Scouts of Great Britain for years and years
tried to work out some arrangement with the Girl Scouts, to no avail, and
so finally went Co-Ed all the way by themselves. Is this true? If so,
what did it do for both organizations?
There is nothing like a major project to bring Boy and Girl Scouts together.
Ours is the training of the Scouts Russia (Scouts-to-be) Troop at the
Federated Russian States Mission to the United Nations in New York, whose
youth groups have always been co-ed, as is Scouts Russia (formally
constituted Nov. 22, 1991, in St. Petersburg). To train them, we invite
them to joint camporees as well as go there.
Challenge: There are significant concentrations of Russian-speaking
youth (Russian language school, etc.) in other cities here - Washington,
Chicago, San Francisco, and probably others. Any interest? Your
biggest challenge is that the younger children don't speak much of any
The World Scout Movement office in Moscow is now reachable via Internet
for help, advice, Russian-language Scout materials, etc. To keep costs
in line (Internet is NOT free in much of the rest of the world), I screen
and forward traffic, and will do so for any Scout group seriously
interested in working with Russian youth.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City