Co-Ed Scouting Question
David D. Miller +49 6221 594535 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Fri, 19 Mar 1993 11:08:08 -0600
Jim, welcome to the list! This question deserves to be brought up
every couple of months!
One success story:
Long before girls were officially admitted to Cubs and Scouts in the
United Kingdom, there was one Cub Pack that had special exemption. It
was on an island off the Scottish Mainland, and so news of girl Cub Scouts
couldn't really spread. This pack had the possibly unique distinction of
containing 100% of the available youth in the community over a number of
years. The three girls and five boys that were in the pack when I first
heard of it were lucky: with only boys, there wouldn't have been enough
for a pack in the first place, and the Girl Guide Association wasn't
going to support a Brownie Troop of just three girls - not way out there.
This may be applicable to Canadian Scouting - you have many small communities
where boys or girls alone cannot do much, but by combining the two you
have a viable unit that can go places and do things.
I'll be back next week with comments on the lack of Co-ed Scouting in
BSA/GSUSA. Others can give "official" answers over the weekend.
(Now to start two weekends of SM Fundamentals Training - and kill another
part of my Woodbadge Ticket! I'm teaching a couple of the sessions that
I failed to understand properly when I went through the course 18 months
ago: That should make things fun. I used to be a Fox ... :-)
(Kathie: thanks for the quick answer on Boards of Review, etc.)
David D. Miller
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