Re: Mixing BS and GS(long)...
Sun, 5 Feb 1995 13:55:36 -0500
On Fri, 3 Feb 1995 13:13:48 -0500 Lisa Varner
I read Lisa's posting and thought I would throw in my $0.02 worth. For those
who don't know, I have two children a daughter, Megan, who is now 8, and a
son, Josh, who is now 4. My daughter has been, until we moved to Columbus,
Ohio last November, quite active in the Brownie Girl Scout program, and has
enjoyed it. She has started in another Brownie Troop just in time for
cookie sales, where she racked 55 boxes sold ( in a Troop in a Service Unit
where the average sales per Brownie is about a dozen). I hope she sticks
with the program, and that good leadership is always available to her.
>OK, I was afraid I would open a can of worms asking for help for a joint
>activity. So, now that I started this I can't refrain from putting in my
two cents. Here goes:
>We all know that joint scouting CAN work (as it is done in other countries
>other than the US). We don't all know if it is the best for all concerned.
>Is there a problem with supporting scouting in general, in all aspects?...
<long posting deleted for brevity>
I have, since Megan was born, I have made cash contributions to both Boy and
Girl Scouting, in equal shares. I am a strong believer in the benefits to
youth of both programs, and try to encourage United Way contributors to
earmark their contributions to these programs (I know what happens when this
is done, and I am not interested in debating the fine points at this or any
I have mixed feelings about joining two totally diverse programs such as the
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Lots of bandwidth have been used on the
differences, and do not need to be rehashed here. I do think that Lisa
pointed out several good ideas on joint social and/or service functions which
can be jointly performed without diluting either program.
I think that the issue also needs to be addressed on a more "global" level,
as it were. The chartering/sponsoring institutions, e.g., churches, civic
groups, etc., need to consider organizing and providing leadership to both
groups as part of their youth missions.
>Maybe these young scouts can find the many ways in which they are alike,
>with common interests and common goals! Then they can teach us a few
Then, the leadership (youth and adults) of both groups need to get their
heads together and work up the joint programs. This can allow some
interaction between them for social situation, and increase the manpower pool
for work projects.
Then for those really adventurous groups who feel they _have_ to have a joint
Scouting group, there is the optionof Explorers - this may be beneficial for
older Scouts and their social needs, and the paperwork only has to go to one
entity, rather than two. Speaking of which, the activity/tour permit process
is generally less rulebound in the Boy Scouting program rather than the Girl
Scouting program (sometimes it seems that the local councils use the process
to keep the units from having any tours).
>Lisa Varner <<email@example.com >>
>Haven't been there. Don't want to go. Don't need another t-shirt!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City