Re: BSA for the Boys
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 7 Dec 1992 15:27:57 EST
reply mostly to P. Phillips: I can't stand that BSA is spending so
many resources on court cases to keep people OUT of scouts. I want
BSA to spend money on better camps and keep scouts OUT side (at camp)!
No one has yet convinced me of any valid reason why BSA my remain an
organization just for boys! It works! Visit an international event
and watch a co-ed Canadain Venture crew work side by side at a scouting
skill competetion! People tend to fear the unkown, and that is the
what must be the completing reason people do not want BSA to began
a phased in co-ed program. If BSA does not do it under the control
of BSA, the courts will mandate it soon enough. Then BSA will have
NO time to create a well planned co-ed program, but will have to but
together a quick fix to satisfy some court.
I have seen co-ed scouting at work. It works well. From my personal
observations, there seem to be better retention of 16-18 years old scouts
in co-ed units. If it works well for MOST other World scout organizations
why do poeple think that the BSA can not do as well? As I posted some
time in the past, if BSA does not change, either it will die out from
more and more funds going to legal and court costs. Some funds from
some foundations COULD be lost if BSA was co-ed, but there are others
that would donate more if BSA would stop keeping people OUT of scouting
based on sex.
In the past few years, there have been millions of dollars tied up
in court that should have gone into programs! Wether or not BSA wins
in NY they lose in CA, or visa versa. The courts battles will continue.
And, I do not believe that allowing girls in BSA, would violate any
founding principles! The Scout Law and the Scout Oath would remain as
the principal foundation of SCOUTING USA. Allowing girls in scouting
is not a compromise of principle, or violation of the Oath or Law, so
what is the basis on which girls are exluded? To me we violate our
own code of eithics by unjustifed discrimination against females.
don, still scouting, but the Bills lost again, but we are going camping!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City