Boy and Girl Scouts Together
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Mon, 22 Mar 1993 21:49:50 EST
On Mon, 22 Mar 1993 17:44:53 +0000 Gino Lucrezi said:
>> I am a Regional Staff Scouter for Wolf Cubs in Eastern Canada, and
>> a new subscriber to your service. As you may not be aware Scouting
Welcome to the list Gino!
Perhaps we can start a thread on the following sentence
from Gino's very interesting text:
>My only suggestion is, if you'll go co-ed try to
>do it my joining forces between BSA and GSUSA.
>Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
I have thought about this for some time. BSA isn't likely soon to
take in girls. GSUSA is even more amadant that there will be no
boys in their program. I know and support Explorers with their
coed possibilities, but there are too few "outdoor posts" for my
taste and too little advancement possibilities. I know Venture and
Varsity crews can invite girls along, but there is no program, i.e.,
advancement for the girls. Further, I have enough problems balancing
the demands of my job and my BS troop to fight policy. So....
The "easy" way might be as Gino suggests, but not formally. That is
pair up with a "sister" GSUSA troop of Juniors or Cadets (apppropriate
age match) and have both troops go camping at the same time and place
together, but each would run their own advancement program. I have
previously discussed the "merit badge" program of the girls scouts --
the same badges are there as for the boys -- sure the requirements are
different, but a joint program could easily be formed between the demands
of the two. Boys and girls might be exposed to differences and that
would be interesting. �Gross generalization to follow: The Boy Scouts
might object that the badge requirements for the Junior GS are easier,
but I guarantee that the Cadets will complain that the BS badge require-
ments are too easy. I know, I have a cadet and a boy scout.)
Problems: bunches. Insurance -- will BSA and GSUSA cover? Why not
if they and we both happen to end up at the same camp ground together?
Campsites -- would we be limited to non-BSA and non-GSUSA camps sites.
Maybe that isn't that big of a problem, depending where you are.
Other problems? �Other that the normal coed unit problems. Lets assume
for this discussion that those aren't that much, since these problems
will occur in a formal merger anyway!
Depending on the outcome of this discussion, I might approach a cadet
leader I know to see if she wants to try it out. See signature below :-)
Scoutmaster Troop 1
Boy Scout John's dad
Cadet Girl Scout Jenny's dad (btw she is an explorer also)
Cadet leader Linda's husband
P.S. I got two more kids, but lets solve this one first.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City