Re: Mixing boy and girl scouts
Richard May (rpm@SYS.UEA.AC.UK)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 14:18:58 +0000
> I like the idea that the "boys" can mature, learn skill and basically
> grow up with their male peers and have a place for that.
> I feel the boys and girls have PLENTY of time and opportunity to be
> together socially, BSA provides them an opportunity to be apart.
When the UK Scout Association decided to allows female members in all
sections I was initially unhappy about the descision. However working as
a Leader both in mixed Cub Packs and in mixed Scout Troops has changed my
If getting boys and girls to work well together is a 'problem' then
providing a place for them to get away from the problem is not a
soultion, it is simply avoiding the problem. Instead, mixed Scouting
provides an alternative forum in which boys and girls can learn to work
I wont say that there have been no problems, but in practice the
advantages have outweighed the disadvantages. I would not want to change
back to an all male group.
Richard May (ACSL 19th Norwich, England)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City