Cooperation vs Merger
Patrick G Skelly (scoutldr@AOL.COM)
Fri, 24 Dec 1993 17:58:05 EST
Several folks have commented of late in one topic or another that BSA and
GSUSA should or shouldn't, could or wouldn't merge ... or even cooperate.
Cooperation? Yes, GSUSA and BSA will cooperate at times. An example is the
American Indian Scouting Association. It is an independent national
organization which enjoys professional staff support from both of our
national headquarters ... and has an annual meeting with both flags flying
Merger? Never, it's quite simply not allowed. Read on, please ...
GSUSA is the "member national organization for the U.S.A." in the World
Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts, an international organization
whose member bodies are not allowed to accept people of the male persuasion
as YOUTH members. It is effectively a constitutional prohibition
BSA is the "member national organization for the U.S.A." in the World
Organization of the Scouting Movement, an international organization which
permits, and generally encourages its member bodies to provide programs and
membership for youth and young adults, both male and female. It is then left
as a decision of each national member body on whether to implement that
option, at which program levels, and when there will be 'mixed' units vs
I have backup documentation on this, a joint statement by WAGGGS and WOSM,
but I don't wish to clutter this forum with a 14K message. Ask me for it in
private E-Mail, and I'll send it to you directly.
Editorial aside: After reading that backup documentation very carefully, I
think the distinction between WAGGGS and WOSM is a very appropriate one.
- Pat Skelly, "Scout_Ldr@AOL.com"
Chartered Org. Rep. for Troop and Post 520,
Grand Canyon Council, BSA (Phoenix, AZ)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City