KEVIN O CONNELL ENG DEPT (KEVIN.OCONNELL@UCG.IE)
Tue, 21 Feb 1995 19:15:46 +0000
Here in Ireland scouts went mixed about 10 years ago(I think). It is up to each
group to decide if they to be mixed. At this stage, I think most groups are
mixed. I was a scout at the time the first troops went co-ed (ours did not as
we had no female leader at the time). The first camp I was on with girls
present went fine and the boys saw that the girls could easily keep up.For
the last few years our troop has been mixed and IMHO this helps the kids
learn to respect each other. In fact, the patrol leader of our best patrol is
female and has built up real patrol spirit since her appointment.
Also, in my village there is no guide unit or similar organisation for
the girls so scouting offers them an oppertunity which they would not
otherwise have and which I feel they shouldn't be denied. That is just my
opinion, feel free to rubbish it :-)
BTW John Oakes, I haven't forgotten and i'm still working on it!
Kevin O'Connell, SL. E-mail Kevin.OConnell@ucg.ie
"Everyone wants to be different so to be an individual I'm going to
be the same"
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