Re: Girls in BSA
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Sat, 26 Aug 1995 15:15:11 GMT
Norman MacLeod wrote:
>There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY YOU SHOULD MERGE THE BSA AND THE GSUSA!!!!!!!
>Some boys thrive best in an all-male Scouting environment, and some girls
>would be seriously disadvanteged in a co-ed Scout Group, while another group
>of children will rise to the peak of their potentials in a co-ed Scouting
Well said, Norman!! This nicely sums up the situation in re the issue
of co-ed Scouting. I have maintained that the youth membership paradigm
used in our Exploring program would work nicely. For the past 24 years,
Explorer Posts have had the option of being all boy, all girl, or
co-ed. We have a few all-girl Posts and many all-boy Posts and co-ed
I also concur with you that the GSUSA ought to remain autonomous. The
organization does an outstanding job with millions of girls, even as
it is utterly failing to meet the needs of millions more girls who
would benefit from BSA programs.
This issue is one that needs a greater concensus within the adult
volunteer and professional ranks of the BSA before it comes to pass
that girls are admitted to full membership within the BSA. It is
primarily a matter of education. As I have stated before, I was
opposed to co-ed Scouting before I saw it working in meetings and
in the field when I was stationed in Spain for 4 years as a Navy officer.
I encourage all Scouters who do not believe that co-ed Scouting can
work to go camping for a week or so with a co-ed Scout group with
an (relatively) open mind, as I did. The experience will not hurt you,
and it will very probably convince you that co-ed Boy Scouting is
a viable option.
As always, this issue is one about which reasonable persons may
reasonably differ. Having said that, I must note that over the
past almost 10 years since I returned to the USA from Spain, the
general consensus on co-ed Scouting seems to have shifted from,
"No way, Jose!!!", to, "Well, Maybe, depending upon how it is done."
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America
National Woodbadge 416-18, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City