Re: Boys and Girls
Tony Flury x3849 (tonyf@KBSS.BT.CO.UK)
Fri, 17 Feb 1995 09:48:26 GMT
I read with interest Claudia's reply posted last night (UK time).
This sort of debate is exactly the same as the UK Scout Association went
through in 1989/90 when it suddenly decided to go mixed. There was a definite feeling
that the Scouts Association should not 'poach' memebers from the Girl Guide movement,
and that the current program should not be diluted in any way.
The rules from on-high were therefore 'no-change' - any group accepting girls must
do so within the (current boy) oriented program.
I am a Cub leader in a mixed Scout Group. The types of girls we tend to
attract are as follows :
Beavers : Junior Tomboys - It must be said however that we do not have an
active Rainbow guide section in our area.
Cubs : Definite Tomboys.
Scouts : Guides dislussioned with the home-maker image that the local
Guide companies portray. Aparrently the local guides concentrate
on knitting/Sewing/Cooking and far less on the active outdoors
I agree that we need to meet individuals needs, but no-one would lay down
exactly the same criteria for two different boys, so why should we be rigid between
boys and girls. The criteria for judging badges are guidelines. The main criteria is
that the child did their best. I would not expect a physically impaired child to be
able to meet the strict cirteria for the Athletes badge (for instance), but if they
tried and did their best I would award the badge. Simlarly I will judge each child on
their merits regardless of age, sex, ability. If they tried hard and did their best
they get my vote.
It is also worth remebering that when BP start Scouting, the social criteria
of the time meant that the movement had to be all male (at least for the youngsters).
I have no doubt that if BP were starting over now, that the Scout Association would
be mixed from day one.
Tony Flury : Akela - 28th Ipswich (Chay Blyth) Scout Group.
P.S. Could some-one state-side give us Brits the benefit of a brief run-down of the BSA
structure. All this talk of Pack Councils etc is rather confusing. I will run up a mail
message in the next few days explaining the British organisation in case anyone is
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City