Re: Girls in BSA
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Mon, 28 Aug 1995 19:35:08 GMT
Ron Fox wrote:
>However, I have a question. In Scouts Canada, has there been a situation
>where a unit wishing to remain all-boy has been FORCED to admit a girl by
>legal (or threat of legal) means? I fear that this is what would happen in
>the U.S.A.: a troop trying to excercise the option of being all-boy would, in
>fact, be forced to take anyone who applied.
This is certainly a legitimate concern, and one that needs to be addressed.
I don't know about the experience of the Canadian Scout Associations.
However, we _do_ have a 24 year experiential baseline here in the BSA
with co-ed Exploring. To the best of my knowledge, there has never
been a lawsuit to force an individual unit to become co-ed since girls
were admitted to the Explorers in 1971.
The BSA operates through sponsoring organizations, as we know. Thus, if
one sponsoring organization will not sponsor a co-ed unit, another can.
Said sponsoring organization can even be a group of concerned citizens.
Thus, co-ed Exploring is available to those who truly wish to make it
Also, sponsoring organizations may sponsor an Explorer Post open only
to girls. There are a few of them out there. I ran into one at the XIIth
International Camporee in San Diego County in August of 1993. To the
best of my knowledge, there has never been a lawsuit filed to challenge
all-girl Explorer units.
If we act now to open Scouting to all youth, we can control the manner
in which it shall be implemented. Should we be forced to implement co-ed
Scouting by judicial fiat, we shall utterly lose that control of our
On a bit if a tangent here, I just talked to a Spanish Scouting friend
of mine from back in my Scouting days in Spain when I was stationed as
a naval officer at Naval Station Rota. His daughter, Carolina is 16
years old and is a member of a WOSM recognized Scout association in
Spain. She just got back recently from the World Jamboree in Holland.
Her brother is 12 years old an is also a Scout.
We talked this morning about the possibility of having Carolina come
to live here in California as an exchange student. If this comes to pass,
It would sure be alot easier for all concerned if I could just register
her in my Troop, as opposed to making a legalistic end run around the
BSA's regulations by registering her as an Explorer and then letting her
participate in Troop activities.
Let's hear it for synchronicity. This hadn't come up when this thread
started here on SCOUTS-L.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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..."
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