Re: Mixed Scouting
Tom Granvold (Thomas.Granvold@ENG.SUN.COM)
Wed, 22 Feb 1995 15:25:18 PST
Your comments about mixed scouting are very well put and reflex
some of the concerns that I have. I also have a daughter in addition
to a son. At the moment she is eight years old and still very interested
in Girl Scouts. Soon though she may not be satisfied unless she can do
some of the same things that her older brother has done in scouting, and
could loose interest. I very much want her to have the same opportunities
in scouting that my son has.
I feel that these opportunities are even more valuable for a girl than
they have been for boys. The sad fact is that girls do not have these
opportunities available. The outdoor programs of Boy Scouts is just one
part of the program, and a part that girls can take part in once they become
13 or are lucky enough to have a Girl Scout troop that has an active outdoor
program. But, there is still no patrol method, leadership opportunities,
and recognition of their accomplishments, e.g. the status of the Eagle rank,
that matches when is found in the Boy Scout program.
So what do I do for my daughter? Where ever possible I'll become
involved in her Girl Scout troop to help provide these program elements.
How much of this can be done within Girl Scouting and how well it will
go over remains to be seen. That also means that are my son finishes
his time as a Boy Scout, in about a year and a half, I'll be cutting back
my activites there and spending more time with my daughters troop.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to provide today girls with the same
benifits that boys get in BSA? Moving to another country is not pratical.
Tom Granvold <firstname.lastname@example.org>
SM Troop 436
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