Re: Plea for Help Regarding Merging Boy/Girl Scouts Orgs
Stern Dixon (SDixon@AOL.COM)
Thu, 26 Oct 1995 13:57:39 -0400
This is a hot one! I'll give you two quick reasons.
1. I believe the purpose of Boy Scouts is men training boys to become men.
When all is said and done, this organization is about mentoring and role
modeling. This is also why I am against women scoutmasters and not too keen
on female assistant scoutmasters. I work with a lot of women in scouting and
many if not all are very committed and competent leaders, but I do feel that
Boy Scouts is essentially a male organization and the greatest benefit to the
boys is the male role modeling that is possible in this organization like no
2. The other reason I'd prefer no merger is that I took my daughter to
"School Night For Scouting," a recruiting night at her grade school to get
her involved in a troop. Both Boy Scouts reps and Girl Scouts reps were
present in separate rooms. On the Boy Scout side, there were two
troops/packs present signing up boys as they came through the doors. The
leaders were in uniform and had a variety of equipment to help them recruit.
There were no professionals there. On the Girl Scout side, there were
three leaders and a professional present. They showed a video and then
announced that if we wanted a troop, we would have to start one that night.
There were four of us there with Brownies -- none who knew anything about
Scouting and were interested in getting into an existing troop. We all left
without getting our kids in girl scouts, but completing a form to go to the
local office. I rec'd a letter two weeks later from the office saying that I
should call if I was still interested in a troop for my daughter.
I'd guess the Boy Scouts successfully recruited 10 boys that night while the
Girl Scouts were lucky to bring any of the 10 girls there into the
I don't know what this says, but my first impression of Girl Scouting was
less than favorable.
YIS Stern Dixon, Meck. Co. Council, Charlotte, N.C.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City