co-ed camping events BSA
Steve Souza (76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 24 Mar 1993 01:30:36 EST
quoted From: Gina Gestautas NORTH%DRYCAS.BITNET@ricevm1.rice.edu
> 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.
Actually there are NO regs that prevent a co-ed camping experience. As the
Public Relations Chair for our Councils Exploring Division... I've
researched the available information on this topic quite well <grin>.
> ...even in explorers, you must have enough BSA leadership to cover all BSA
Almost correct. There needs to be at least 2 adults at the event, one who
must be a registered BSA leader. If there are mixed sexes (youth) then there
must be at least one adult of each sex.
> there are many publications that list the additional facilities required
> (separate or scheduled bathing times for each sex, etc.)
Yes, the regs are well published, and not hard at all to comply with. The
main concern is for privacy of both youth and adults... (most Scouts I know
don't take a bath during a weekend campout... but if needed it should be
provided.) We have had several OA Ordeals where we inducted women Scouters,
and that sure called for a co-ed experience <g>.
> 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.
Not the case here in CA... (what's with the "approved" facility, we go
camping in lots of places... we went skiing this past weekend in a big
cabin, we're going to the beach for the weekend in June, we've going to
Vegas (well, actually, we're going to Nellis and to Hoover Dam, but it's
sooo close to Vegas we might as well stop in while we're there <g>).
> I really think that what you are proposing would *NOT* be sanctioned by
> the BSA on a troop level
Maybe Kathie has information I haven't seen, but I know that we haven't had
any problems here with Council or Regional about it.
> I would assume all the kids would have to be registered EXPLORER members
Nope, we've got that one covered too... according to National, you are
allowed to have "guests" at BSA events (even Scout or Cub events) who can be
of either sex (we checked this out starting about 3 years ago when we
invited a local Senior Girl Scout Troop to come to the District Comp-O-Ree).
The guests must abide by BSA rules of conduct (safety, behaviour, etc.) and
as guests they are even covered by BSA insurance.
> A thousand pardons if I am way off base.
No pardens required here... This place is for all to learn. I hope the folks
in your Council haven't adopted 'local' restrictions to prohibit your units
from taking advantage of the positive aspects of co-ed camping (and yes, it
is still a test of creative leadership to keep the kids apart while allowing
them to enjoy the experience <g>).
(remind me to tell you the story involving some new Police Explorers who had
never been camping before (co-ed of course), and how creative they got when
they (thought) they were short of tents <g>.
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