Re: Girl wants to join BSA
David Scammell (David_Scammell.Orlando_spg@XEROX.COM)
Mon, 28 Aug 1995 10:15:17 PDT
So far, I have read some wonderful correspondence which seemingly covers all
i.e., BSA vs GSA, BSA & GSA Troops joining forces, lawsuit against Council
instead of Nationals, program development, etc. One point which I would like
to communicate is this:
How many of you, as parents or Scout Leaders, want your girl(s) out in the
woods with boys (or vice versa), during the hormone development age of either
boys or girls?
I grew up in Scouts and I know that it wasn't too uncommon to sneak from the
Boy Scout camp, across or around the lake, to the Girl Scout camp. I'd also
like to note that we weren't turned away by the girls either. The difficult
part was getting past the Boy Scout leaders first and then the Girl Scout
leaders ... difficult, but not impossible! I can even recount a few similar
instances from Church Camps and Council trips as well.
It seems that this situation would be even more difficult if they were in the
same campsite. I know that I have my hands full whenever our Troop is in a
public campsite and there are girls present. Luckily, having been there myself
and knowing most of the tricks, I can 'usually' stop boys from sneaking out and
have even stopped a few girls from sneaking in. I've also had problems during
Family Campouts when sisters are present ... even though the girls are in the
same tent as their parents.
Being single, I've even had instances where I've had mothers, aunts, guardians
and/or older sisters make very noticeable/physical advances on me (think
control, set the example, control, think Scouts ... <GRIN>). Of course, I had
to (painfully) explain to them that there is a time and place for everything,
and a Scouting event was not the time nor the place.
This also includes those married folks who ... uh ... 'play' in their tent ...
remember, there are impressionable boys around. To quote one of my own boys
from a outing at a State Park recently, "How long is it going to take for them
to blow up that air mattress?" Several of the older boys who knew what was
going on, did not (thankfully) correct his assumption. The 'Air Mattress'
folks were not with our Troop.
For clarification purposes, I am speaking of Scouting ages as young as 12. I
am not a prude or a pervert (and neither are my Scouts), but I think that this
is a serious consideration. I know that many of you out there have had similar
experiences and if you never had ... you might want to stay up late on a couple
of outings where all the elements exist, watch and learn! It may not happen
every time, but it does happen.
Something to think about ... Sexual Curiosity/Experimentation is a fact of
David L. Scammell
ASM Troop 227 - Orlando, FL
Eagle Scout - OA Brotherhood
West Orange District - Central Florida Council
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