Re: Mixing boy and girl scouts
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Wed, 1 Feb 1995 14:09:25 PST
>I know you all have some great ideas and I need you now. I don't want to
>start a lot of discussion when I explain this, I just would like your help.
[BSA/GSUSA joint activity proposed] ...
>This is where I need you expertise. What can we do? The troops have not
>ever met, and I must admit only having a daughter, I'm not sure what young
>teen boys will enjoy. (No smart comments, Please!)
I was a Girl Scout for about 3-4 years back in the early and mid 1970s when
my kid sister was a Junior and a Cadette. The GSUSA Cadette Troop had a
"Court of Honor", which was equivalent to our Troop Leaders' Council, aka
Patrol Leaders' Council, aka "Green Bar" Council. I don't know if the GSUSA
still has this Troop junior leadership entity, nor whether it is functional
in your Cadette Troop.
Have you considered setting things up so as to allow the adult and junior
leaders from each Troop jointly meet to come up with an activity? I think
the Scouts would prefer this to an activity planned wholly by adults.
Certainly, this hews closely to the one-sentence definition of Boy Scouting
that Baden-Powell was once charged to formulate:
"Scouting is a game for boys, under the leadership of boys, under the
direction of a man."
I respectfully submit that the Troops' respective junior leaders be
encouraged to tackle the problem and come up with a good joint outing.
My bet is that they will favorably surprise you with "their" outing plan.
Rodger Morris, email@example.com
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Ventura County Council, BSA
National Woodbadge 416, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
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