Scouting and non-citizens; co-education
Charles Keith-Stanley (werewolf@VNET.IBM.COM)
Fri, 7 Feb 1992 12:34:32 PST
On Fri, 7 Feb 1992 11:04:11 CST, Kathie Cerveny <kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU>
> Every country has a right and does have separate joining requirements.
> British Scouting is not chartered to parliament (the governing body of the
> country) BSA is ! May or may not be the difference, however, comparing
> Scouting programs country by country and asking that they all be exactly
> alike is rather foolish, I submit -- even Baden-Powell stated that that
> would not work --
> Scouting is to build active citizens for their own country -- keep this
> in mind, everyone --- it is a basic ideal and goal of our entire program,
> and sometimes it looks like our leaders do lose sight of the basic reasons
> of why we are here and what we are to accomplish --
First, a tip of the hat to David Miller for observing that Scouting U.K. is
chartered to the Crown. Indeed the association could not change its charter
to include girls until after a Crown Commission approved the modifications.
Second, I appreciate that every country's Scouting and Guiding associations
have as a basic goal the need to develop their own citizens. To my thinking
this is Scouting's basic purpose: train the leaders of the next generation.
Yet if we are so parochial as to ignore the good things done in other Scout
and Guide associations worldwide, are we *truly* serving our youth members?
In a world where national boundaries are ever more evanescent, where Europe
(for example) is moving ever closer both politically and economically, does
it make sense to limit one's viewpoint strictly to one's own country? If we
refuse to adopt and adapt, how can we teach others to do so?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City