Re: Co-Ed Scouting Question
Paul Russell (PRUSSELL@IUBVM.BITNET)
Fri, 19 Mar 1993 16:11:06 EST
Why isn't BSA co-ed? Here's a sampling of the answers that I've heard
over the past few years. I'm sure there are others.
a. "We've never done it that way."
b. "We've always done it this way."
c. "It ain't broke, so why should we fix it?"
d. "Girls can't do all this outdoor and high adventure stuff."
e. "If we let in girls, we won't be Boy Scouts anymore."
f. "If we change, we'll lose funding from some big donors."
g. "The Girls Scouts won't cooperate."
h. "The USA isn't like the rest of the world, so our Scouting program
doesn't have to be like the rest of the world."
IMHO, item (f), if true, is probably the only valid objection to change,
however, I have never seen or heard any evidence to support this state-
ment. I suspect that item (g) may be true, but I don't think that we
need their cooperation to expand our program. If GSUSA is meeting the
needs of its members, it should have nothing to fear from a co-ed BSA.
The transition to co-ed Scouting may not be easy, but I seriously doubt
if it will be as difficult as its opponents would like to believe.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City