Re: Girls in BSA
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Thu, 2 Nov 1995 08:08:43 GMT
>> Steve Tobin, SM wrote:
Michael Golrick said:
>I haven't yet figured out where I am on this issue, but do know that if
>whoever gets to
>make the decision does decide to make BSA co-ed, because of the
>and history, it will go on.
We need to accurately define the issue. The issue is not whether or
not to make the BSA co-ed. That decision to make the BSA co-ed was
made about a quarter of a century ago when the BSA opened the Explorer
Division of the BSA to girls and women. About a decade ago, that
decision was affirmed when the co-ed Learning For Life program was
created by the BSA as a wholly owned subsidiary that is fully funded
and staffed at the national level by the BSA, and whose membership the
BSA counts in the "Pro-Speak" magazine as part of the total BSA
In order to be accurately asked, the issue must be framed thusly:
"Shall the Boy Scouts of America expand its co-ed membership option
from the current two BSA divisions to its Cub Scout and/or Boy Scout
Currently, the BSA is "a house divided against itself" in re the
expansion of the co-ed Scouting option into the Cub Scout and the
Boy Scout Divisions of the BSA. The experiential baseline given us
by the Explorer Division over the past quarter century shows us that
allowing chartering organizations to sponsor all-boy, all-girl, and/or
co-ed units works very well indeed.
I am indebted to Norman MacLeod for the following quote from Lord
Baden-Powell who wrote in the British Scout leaders magazine in 1908:
"I have received many pathetic letters from little girls who ask if
they can experience the wonderful adventures that Scouting offers
their brothers. But of course they can! They may form patrols..."
It was not until 1909 that Baden-Powell acceded to public pressure
and founded the Girl Guides.
Disclaimer: The foregoing quote is a paraphrase from memory. I would
be indebted to Norman MacLeod if he were to post the exact text and
a source citation in this forum.
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..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City