Re: Girls in Scouts
Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Mon, 30 Oct 1995 17:15:15 -0500
Stephen Hoar and All,
The main reason for not starting this discussion here is that everyone
has strong feelings about it and no one can solve it. Most of our
discussions can at least end in heading someone in the right direction or
to the right authority etc. This discussion just goes on and always gets
people upset due to misunderstandings, differing cultures and even
I too am very glad to hear our friends in Australia have overcome any
problems they may have had in integrating their program. I hope their
comments truly reflect the situation for all Scout groups there.
However with the paranoia and litigation fever presently overshadowing
almost everything we do in the States right now I'd almost be frightened
to integrate Scouts here at the moment. Talk about 2-deep leadership!
We'll probably need 2 males and 2 females just to be Youth Protected at
And I do feel much the way you do. My Assistants daughter and many
others attend our meetings and outings. I know they can do what the boys
do without any trouble really. And it probably would be good for them to
learn and do scouting things together. But, an equally good case can be
made for separate programs. Maybe the Girl Scout program needs to be
changed or improved? I would not know. I do know here, the GS program
wants men to join in as much as BSA needs the leadership of its women
I do know boys and girls have different needs in their lives at
different times and I believe we should do our best to furnish those
things. If we could do it together great but, somehow for now it just
seems better to keep things the way they are.
We can not afford to lose any of our young people. But neither can we
afford to lose many of our adult leadership as well.
Maybe we should just start by surreptitiously allowing girls in the
program and before a few years pass they will probably be running the
It could happen!
Regards to all, Jess
Jess Olonoff, CM Pack-206 | Eagle - 1970, T-10 Tulsa, Okla.
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