Re: Coed Scouting - Short Reply
Kyle B. Brown (uncas@IASTATE.EDU)
Mon, 20 Feb 1995 12:03:29 CST
Hi there folks,
Lately I've been reading a lot of posts for coed Scouting here in
the BSA. In particular several have said that coed Scouting is inevitable.
At the risk of suffering a great deal of opposition I would like to make a
few comments on this issue.
First if anyone would take the time to ask any of the people on the
BSA National Staff or the volunteer members of the National Board they will
make it quite clear that the BSA has no intention of changing it's current
policies any time in the near future. A second point is that there simply
isn't anything wrong with gender speciffic programs. The Tiger Cub, Cub
Scout, and Boy Scout programs are designed to meet the needs of developing
young men. At the time I was attending summer camp as a participant here in
Iowa it was still uncommon to have young women serving on camp staff. It
was a great relief for me as a young scout to get away from the constant
pressures of adolesence for a week at scout camp. Later when I served as a
camp staff member it was not at all uncommon for young women to be serving
as camp staff members, and as a result troop after troop of junior high age
boys went out of their way to show off and scramble for the attention of
those female staff members. Clearly that same respite is no longer
possible simply because of that presence.
Let's stop tripping over ourselves to be politically correct and
focus on what is best for the boys in our program. At some point the world
is going to have to acknowledge the fundamental differences in psychology,
and physiology between the sexes. Of course we're all equal, but let's not
pretend that we're all the same.
These have been my own personal views, and should in no way be
interpreted as the official views of the Boy Scouts of America, or any of
it's affiliated Councils. Thank you for your time.
Kyle B. Brown
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City