Re: Scouts Assoc.
Michael Rogero Brown (michaelb@SUNRISE.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Fri, 16 Apr 1993 11:17:46 EDT
> Besides the BSA and GSA, are there in US other Scout Associations?
> And, if so, what are the main differences (regarding Policy and rules..)
> between them and BSA??
> Are they maybe "not rec" Associations??
> ** FABIO (Bruco) **
The BSA & GSUSA are the only recognized US Scout Associations.
Camp Fire (formerly Camp Fire Girls) is not and never has been a 'Scout
Association'. However, they were viewed by the BSA as their counterpart
for girls instead of the GSUSA. James West, BSA's first Chief Scout Executive,
was involved as some sort of national leader in Camp Fire Girls.
There are few youth groups that exist today that could be considered
'Scouting-like' and none to my knowledge have tried to present themselves as
an alternative to the BSA or GSUSA. That wasn't the case when the BSA was
first started and had to contend with several would be rivals like the
United States Boy Scout and other groups.
There are, or were, several Scouting groups in exile in the USA. Groups whose
countries had scout associations, but were gotten rid of when they went
Communist. I know of a Russian group and an Estonian group. Since these
countries are starting (or re-starting) scouting, I don't know the status
of these groups.
Exile scouting groups exist in many countries, but except for the Armenian one,
none are recognized by the World Scout Bureau.
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