Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 22 Jun 1992 09:19:16 CDT
Unlike you and your Scouts, I took the weekend off here at work,
(Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA), so have just read your
In response, here are some points:
1. ID Cards: - we do, as Mike already stated, have registration cards when
we register with BSA, however there really is no need for Photo cards.
We do, however, use them in many instances, so I believe they are
a. We use the card as identification when making purchases for Scouting in
the "real" world, so that we do not have to pay taxes, and I have found
that in my 20 years in this movement, I have always had to show my
registration card to get this benefit.
b. We also need to use our registration cards for identification (at
times) in national forest preserves, thus identifying ourselves as Scouts
entitled to use the permit we carry.
c. Unlike Mike in Kentucky - the councils I am familiar with would not be
allowing adults or boys to attend a district or unit function without a
registration more than once or twice, as our national insurance plan and
local councils would have trouble covering any problem. That is not to say we
do not allow visitors,
nor that we do not allow say Fathers to attend a campout. We just always
caution our people to check with THEIR council for the guidelines, both
national and local, there are alot of them.
d. Also unlike Mike, we do require the Scout uniform, and indeed in most
councils in the US, we do strongly recommend the uniform. After all, it IS
one of th methods by which we deliver our program. This situation puts me
in mind of a district executive some 12 years ago, who said to the Council
Exploring Division (for boys and girls 14 to 21), "Do NOT stress uniforming
in Exploring, the kids do not want it." Followed almost immediately with,
"The strongest Exploring units in our council are a) law enforcement; b)
medical; and c) fire. (All requiring uniforms.) I rest my case.
2. As far as now letting girls into your end of Scouting, the US completed
a lengthy two year research on "co-ed" Scouting a year ago, with the result
of, "No co-ed Scouting in the US in the near future. The Girl Scouts of
America (national) refused to cooperate with the program, and absolutely
refused to let BSA try it. However -- I personally believe we will HAVE to
sooner or later, and that the GSA program and it's people in their National
Headquarters now have some time to improve the program they offer. We do
have co-ed Exploring since 1972, and according to GSA our program has
seriously harmed their older girl program. I can actually see why. After
all, I am also female and have been in BSA for 18 years. I was in GSA
also, prior to the BSA registration, but I am very glad I changed.
Chicago Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City