Re: Co-ed Scouting
David Brown (dbrown@PCUG.ORG.AU)
Tue, 21 Feb 1995 09:24:20 +1100
>Scouts Canada went co-ed a few years back, but left it up to each group
>committee to decide for their own group.
>I honestly do not understand why the Scouting movement would arbitrarily
>exclude have the worlds population from participating in this scouting
>75th Midnapore Scout Group
I heartily agree with Gary's sentiments. Scouting in Oz started to go co-ed
in the 60's with Rovers and then to Venturers (15-18) in the 70's and
finally to all sections in the 80's. As in Canada, it has been left up to
individual groups to make their own decision but requires a female leader
for the section as a prerequisite.
I have experienced mixed scouting as both a youth member and as a leader. I
believe it is one of the best things that has ever happened to scouting.
It has helped to bring it into the real world. Young people interact in a
normal and natural way and share activities in a positive fashion.
A lot of things are said about girls 'not being able to keep up' with the
boys. My experience is that this is a myth. Just last weekend I took 8
scouts, 4 boys and 4 girls bushwalking in fairly rugged terrain over what a
guide book described as a medium to hard grade walk. Certainly some girls
were slow but some were amongst the front runners. In fact, the
distribution was pretty much the same as the boys. The stronger kids helped
the weaker kids, irrespective of sex. The way I believe things are supposed
to work and will if given a chance.
But when it comes to in the hall activities I find that girls are a huge
advantage. it seems that boys of scout age find doing things in the hall a
challenge. They just lack the maturity to pay attention. Add girls to a
parade and suddenly the standards rise. Obviously the girls are more mature
but there is also a certain pressure on the boys to be less silly in front
of the girls.
I strongly suggest that if you dont have girls in your troop, try to get
along to see a troop with girls and even try to get on an activity. I am
confident you will be very pleasantly surprised.
North Kambah Group
61 6 292 1720
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City