Re: GSUSA *inferiority* complex
Claudia Carroll (Claud15000@AOL.COM)
Thu, 9 Mar 1995 00:02:07 -0500
Rodger Morris writes:
>Could be. I wouldn't know. Historically, the GSUSA has had an inferiority
>complex when it compares itself to the BSA, even to the point of minimizing
>or omitting B-P as the founder of both the Boy Scout and Girl Guide
>movements. Certainly, the GSUSA professionals I met when I was a registered
>Girl Scout in my kid sister's Junior and Cadette Troops treated me like some
>kind of loathsome leper because I was male.
Rodger -- I feel that it is inappropriate to slam (flame) a whole
organization on the basis of your encounters with a couple of adult leaders.
I think that especially on this list there has been an abundance of female GS
USA leaders who know the whole history of Scouting and welcome / need / rely
upon the male leaders that we work with. One of the finest GSUASA leader
that I know is a man and I have learned and gotten more from him than from
most female leaders in my geographical area (this list obviously excepted).
You do need to know that GSUSA does not trace its start directly to the
Baden Powells, but we had a US founder Juliette Gordon Low. So that may
explain why some people's knowledge of the roots of Girl Scouting in the US
I do want to address your slam of the outdoor portion of the GSUSA program.
It is as full an outdoor training as BSA. It relies upon trained leaders
for the outings and is really a tough leadership level to be attained. Please
do not make statements like this without the proper information. It is
un-Scoutlike behavior to make derogatory statements about another individual
or group or program. It is this type of attitude which makes me as a leader
feel as though BSA leaders view us as inferior and leads to an everwidening
I feel fortunate through this list to have met the high caliber of leaders
and individuals that as a rule make up the Scouting movement.
Junior Girl Scout Leader
Tierra del Oro Council (California)
Rio Encina Service Unit
I only speak for myself, 'cuz no one will let me speak for them.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City