Girls in BSA
Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Sat, 26 Aug 1995 09:22:53 -0400
Again the young ladies want to get into the BSA. Shades of Shannon
Falkner. As I think about it I am of mixed emotions. We send a
strange message to the girls. WHen it comes to cub or boy scouts it
is OK to have ladies for leaders but girls for members.
I can only relate to my personal experience in our community. Many
many times the girls have said that they want to join our troop
because the Boy Scouts do so many 'neat things'. They tell me that
they are flat bored with the girl scout program. These expressions of
disatisfaction come to me from girls in many different girls troops. I
have talked to their leaders but it hasn't helped. The girls get bored
and quit...a loss to all scouting.
The second interesting thing comes in the comparison of program costs.
This time the lament is from the girls parents. They can't believe how
much less expensive the BSA camping program is in comparison to the
girls. Perhaps this is just a local issue but...
Uniform expense is another issue. The girls mothers are bother that
the structure of GSA seems to drive a uniform change every year. (And
we think the boys uniforms are expensive!)
Fund raisers are another really sore point to the local girls. They
wonder why the BSA is able to have money raisers (i.e. Popcorn) and
able to keep so much of the profit while theirs is so much less on
cookies. (and they dare not sell the cookies...severe penalties for
failure to participate).
Finally, I wonder if one of the real sources for opposition to girls
joining the BSA comes from GSA. IMHO if the girls were allowed to
join the BSA, GSA would shrink to a mere shadow of itself overnight.
Can you imagine the fear it would put into their national staff if it
appeared that BSA was to ever admit girls!
Now, lets hear it from you guys. We need some rational discussion
based on other than:
1. 'We've always done it this way"
2. Not in my lifetime.
3. I just don't want to do it.
4. In the old days...
Old enough to know better
Too old to do any better
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City