Re: Co-Ed Scouting Question
David D. Miller +49 6221 594535 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Tue, 30 Mar 1993 08:14:50 -0600
> d. "Girls can't do all this outdoor and high adventure stuff."
Correct! And they won't be able to unless we, as leaders, give them
Girls can do just about everything that boys can, and in many cases
will do it at least as well, if not better. Even if they can't hike as
fast with a heavy pack, they could probably outdo the boys in long
distance endurance. I read somewhere that they can survive better in
cold conditions, too.
On Friday, I go off for a weekend of hiking in the Bernese Oberland of
Switzerland with a group of Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts.
The way they are training suggests I might not need to carry their
packs for them. They're each doing 2km daily with pack, (building up
the weight over the past 8 weeks). And some of them are doing 20km
each weekend with their families. I know for a fact that some of my
Boy Scouts couldn't cope with that level of activity at the moment!
Two weeks later, while my Boy Scouts are playing at Spring Camporee,
the same group of girls will be doing a 36 hour wilderness survival
exercise. At the same time, the Brownie and Junior Leaders will be
camping nearby - learning what they need to know to take their girls
to camp a month later.
All it takes is a couple of troop leaders who are not afraid to take
girls camping and hiking, and the girls *can* do the outdoors and
high adventure stuff.
David D. Miller
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