Re: Girl Scout program vs Boy Scout program & Girls in Boy Scouts
Robert M. Lewis (EagleNo50@AOL.COM)
Mon, 28 Aug 1995 21:53:13 -0400
Just to put oin my two cents, I feel that the Girl Scout program is not
all that it coiuld be. Hearing the story of how the one troop had to use
tape to show the fire exit up until the parking lot just fed me up. The post
about the two troop that work to gether, Boy and Girl, is what I feel we all
should be for.
We should be here to help the scouts with becoming better leaders. As far
as I understand by talking to many people involved in the Girl Scout program,
the program is mostly adult run. This sentiment should change. I have seen
the boy run program in the Boy Scouts work wonders with troops, although not
all troops are belivers in this. This is probably the only way to satisfy
all the Girl Scouts in the troop, as long as the leaders agree to try to do
all the activities possible that the girls want to do, even if this includes
camping and possibly getting dirty or going for a weekend without showering.
As far as Girls in Boy Scouts, I have no problem with that. I have been
the treck leader of a troop with one male and one female leader, and about 14
boys. There were no problems other than the one woman being slower and not
as in shape as most of the troop, (I do have to admit that the terrain was
rather rocky and steep. I even had trouble with it at times, and I was in
top shape). If the female scouts pull their own weight and have their own
sleeping/showering quaters there should be no problems.
As a final thought, the way that the system is set up, we are not teaching
the youth of both genders to respect eachother. The best way to do this is
to mix the groups together to teach the youth how the real world is.
Robert M. Lewis
Eagle Class of '95
Scout Camp councilor for two years
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City