Re: Canadian scouts OFFICIALY co-ed!!!
Thu, 3 Dec 1992 08:24:12 -0500
> From the morning addition of the Buffalo NEWS: Wed Nov 25, 1992
> from Toronto (Reuters) -
> The Boys SCouts of Canada, an exclusivly MALE organization since
> it's founding 85 years agao, had gone co-ed, officially opening
> it's doors to girls on Tuesday
> "We're not the BOY Scouts of Canada anymore, We're SCOUTS Canada,"
> said John Rietveld, Scouts Canada executive director of communications.
> Rietvel said Canada was influenced by Scouts organizations in Europe and
> Austrailia, which also allow girls to join. BOY SCOUTS in the USA remain
> and exclusively male preserve.
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> This is new to me, from a practicle point, I had "observed" co-ed units from
> Canada for some time. Emblems and scout items have used SCOUTS Canada for
> a number of years. As Mike can also verify, SCOUTS Canada has had a nice
> rectangular, multi color jacket patch for a number of years, The LOGO on
> the bottom of the patch "SCOUTS CAN." Was that just a play on words, or
> a preminition of things to come?
> So how long for BSA? Anyone want to start a pool?
As an Eagle Scout and adult scouter I would first like to say that
I support BSA's policy of only admitting male youth into the Cub and Boy
In the case of the United States, I believe that because there
currently exists a program for female youth in the Girl Scouts of America,
that the BSA should not consider modifying there existing policy. I also
believe proposals to modify BSA's existing policy to go co-ed should not be
submitted by third parties because the Girl Scouts of America exists to
meet these needs.
Keep in mind the the explorer program exists for various carrer
oriented groups and does admit female youth.
In Canada's case I do'nt believe the transformation should have
happended. Mainly because the Canadian Equivalent to Girl Scouts are the
Girl Guides, and always
have been. Scouts Canada has allowed male/female Venturer Companies, and
Rover Crews for some time.
I really can't think of a better reason to keep the BSA and GSA
seperate. I just don't think any harm is being done or the female race is
being put down. If you want to get right down to it, both these groups and
many others are just plain sexually discriminating.
In my opinion the BSA should never voluntarily change there policy.
It would have to be a Supreme Court ruling. And if this happens then it
should be accross the board. Examples: All girls schools/colleges must
admitt boys, all boys schools/colleges must admitt girls, sororities
should admit males, fraternities should admit females, womens clubs should
admit males, mens clubs should admit females, etc.
Kevin M. Torres (404) 853-9269
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Georgia Tech Research Institute
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Atlanta, Georgia 30332
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