Re: Girls with Venture Crew & Troop?
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Mon, 3 Oct 1994 12:27:33 PDT
I don't have it in front of me, but there is something written by BSA
National that says Venture Crew activities can be co-ed. It may be in
the Venture pamphlets themselves.
I too have reservations about liability on Venture Crew activities, but
we have decided to go ahead with it by linking with a Camp Fire group
(one parent in common with both units) to our Venture Crew and cross
registering leaders. We haven't actually done any joint activities yet,
mainly because the girls were not up to the skill level of my older Scouts.
But with a number of new 13-year-olds moving up into the Venture Crew, the
time may be close at hand.
Remember with co-ed activities, you must have co-ed adult leadership.
Other Troops may be able to accomplish co-ed venture activities with
insurance coverage by linking with a Girl Scout Troop. In our area,
the only high adventure programs out there for girls are in Camp Fire
and in Exploring or are run by quasi-commercial outfits. And even at
that, the number of girls involved is small. Considering the popularity
of backpacking, rafting, climbing, etc., in the San Francisco Bay Area,
that is amazing. Somebody is overlooking a large market.
I know that doesn't have to be the case. My wife did more camping and more
traveling (including an International Round-Up in Central America) as a
Girl Scout than I did as a Boy Scout. And she still keeps in touch with
her Girl Scout friends thirty years later (our wedding was a defacto
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** firstname.lastname@example.org
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