Mixing boy and girl scouts
Bob McGwier (n4hy@CCR-P.IDA.ORG)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 09:17:09 -0500
As our non-USA readers have pointed out, in almost every other country that
has scouting, it is COED. I have recently started a High Adventure Exploring
post for one reason. The girls in my community do not have access to Sea
Base, Philmont, Maine, Ely, Texas Sea Base, etc. unless they are explorers.
They can't even get ready to go to places like this by doing local stuff
since they don't have access to the right facilities because of the impossibly
restrictive rules of GSUSA for allowing girls to go on long backpacking trips
or whitewater rafting or canoeing or rock climbing, etc. The access BSA
grants to its facilities is limited to girls in Explorer posts.
You as a leader set the tone for and can expect certain behavior. If you
don't get what you consider to be proper behavior, then you sanction those
members that are not following the rules set down by the Post committee.
The boys and girls in your community need to learn to work together in
teams. COED exploring has rules about COED leadership, and a strong
youth protection policy, and terrific opportunities for you to give the
children of your community some terrific learning experiences. Try
supporting both BSA, GSUSA, and EXPLORING. That way, you get your peer
group you want, and other opportunities as they get older.
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