Re: Boy and Girl Scouts Together
Gina Gestautas (NORTH@DRYCAS.BITNET)
Tue, 23 Mar 1993 16:38:00 EST
As we have discussed here on the list before.. BSA and GSUSA *HAVE* in the
past discussed merging the programs with the both unable to come to terms
primarily because of the perceived loss of power of the GSUSA leaders in
the *NEW* organization. But overall you are right in seeing no kind of
true merging in these organizations. I do think though that you should
think TWICE about doing joint activities with a Girl Scout troop since there
are already BSA regulations that govern these activities. I believe one or
more of these would prevent the kind of activity that you are proposing.
I believe the PRIMARY one would be that even in explorers, you must have
enough BSA leadership to cover all BSA members. This would mean that if
you had a post and also women members, you would have to have a woman
leader who met all BSA requirements first. Not only that, there are many
publications that list the additional facilities required (separate or
scheduled bathing times for each sex, etc.) Many approved facilities
(at least in Illinois where I used to live) had stipulations that noted
that you could NOT have a mixed sex camping experience. You could have
GIRL scouts or BOY scouts camping there, but not both.
I can't say that I can quote all the rules and regulations that would
apply to your situation, but I really think that what you are proposing
would *NOT* be sanctioned by the BSA on a troop level (I know its
a bit different at JAMBOS).
Yes, I think it would be great to have the mixed camping experience. But
if you do have it, I would assume all the kids would have to be registered
EXPLORER members and you would have to provide the minimum of at least
one male and one female BSA leader in addition to meeting all other safety,
travel, and insurance regulations. At least that is the way I see it based
on the current BSA policies. A thousand pardons if I am way off base.
Gina Gestautas, Unit Commissioner, Longhorn Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City