Gary Stedman (GStedman@AOL.COM)
Sat, 18 Feb 1995 20:56:16 -0500
I have watched a few notes going back and forth on this subject and felt the
urge to join the discussion.
Scouts Canada went co-ed a few years back, but left it up to each group
committee to decide for their own group. Unfortunately, my group committee
decided to remain a males-only group. (They, however see nothing wrong with
female Beaver and Cub leaders - a decision that leaves me somewhat puzzled )
I have been a service team member for a few years before I became a cub
leader and I have seen a number of male-only, female-only and mixed scout
groups. To be honest, when you see a group of youth out in the bush having
fun, its hard to tell the males from the females.
Yes, B.P. did set it up as a male-only organization but you have to remember
the times and social structure when the movement was started. We have
progressed beyond that to a state where all members of society are equal and
judged on their own merits.
I honestly do not understand why the Scouting movement would arbitrarily
exclude have the worlds population from participating in this scouting
"game". (And, as one of our fellow scouters from New Zealand pointed out -
a decision to include females also increases the target population for our
movement and maybe increases the cash intake so that this movement does not
die or whither away)
Anyways, that's my opinion.
75th Midnapore Scout Group
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City