Re: Girl Scout program vs Boy Scout program
Earl Needham (ENeed81834@AOL.COM)
Sun, 27 Aug 1995 11:11:58 -0400
In a message dated 95-08-27 04:32:05 EDT, mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG (Michael F.
>5. Try to find supporting program literature. We couldn't, not here. We
>tried to get the leaders to take advantage of stuff we'd got in BSA, but
>it got the "it wasn't invented here" treatment. Even the handbooks are
>not oriented towards a lot of outdoors experience. The new ones just out
>focus more on discussions of a number of very serious topics like sex,
>etc. My daughter was interested in going to have fun, this is not her
>idea of fun - she couldn't imagine sitting in a group sessions to discuss
>what are very personal things to her. Neither could she bear any more
>sessions of handicrafts or badge requirements done in a school cafeteria.
Maybe it's time for your local organization (church, school, or
whatever) to come up with its own group resembling Scouting, but not
infringing on copyrights. Sounds a little difficult, but it might be time to
start this. If you did, you could use any literature you wanted, as there
really isn't anything to keep you from buying BSA books. I think Scouts
Canada will mail order anything you wish, and you can probably find a BSA
store that will also. As for GSUSA, I have no earthly idea if you can buy
their items or not.
>7. The local Council's idea of volunteer input into decision making was
>an annual meeting where decisions were announced not discussed. One of
>the better ones was the expenditure of several thousand dollars on smoke
>detectors for each tent at each camp. They announced it was required
>under the County's hotel regulations. I've seen how fast a tent burns
>and am not sure that the ones they purchased would go off before the tent
I've heard the same thing from other GSUSA leaders I have known -- they
were dictated to, and not allowed any input in anything. It sounds like
GSUSA wants robots and not leaders.
It's obvious some changes need to be made somewhere. I don't relish the
thought of having girls in my troop, because I'm not sure my younger Scouts
would stay in a co-ed outfit. I also am a bit aprehensive about what
campouts might turn into.
But something needs to change. Maybe a new co-ed program? Gee, *I*
don't know the answer, but there's a lot of hurtful things going on out
Used to be a FOX!
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