Re: Leadership CorpS
Runnels, Barry C (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 11:14:06 CST
Adding a little to the coed question,
I thought back when I was in Scouts. As a Boy Scout from 11 to 14, I
went through changes that I could only share with other boys my age.
Whether we made off color jokes or asked embarrassing questions of
friends and fellow scouts, I would not have felt comfortable with
girls around. I went to school and church with girls, I had many
friends who were girls. I had three sisters, so I don't feel that I
missed out by not having them around on a camp out once a month. In
fact, Boy Scout was one of the few times I could relax and be a boy.
It's OK for girls and boys alike to spend a little time with there own
gender In fact, I think it's healthy in normal situations. A Boy Scout
camp out is a normal situation.
Now, when I went to Explorers, I was ready for girls in the Post. I
was past the age of gender confusion, questions and embarrassment and
was ready to go Scouting with GIRLS. Its was great.
If the problem is that the Girls Scout don't provide a profiling
program, then they need to fix it. I know around here their program
lacks a lot.
But that's there problem to fix. If they seek help from the BSA than
lets help them. We as adults can anything we want. I have seen the
success and failure of Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops by the way
the adults manage them. Lets get the right people in there and fix
But to change the BSA, a great program that show success makes no
since to me.
To accuses us of being sexist because we are resistant to changing a
successful program is unfair and out of line.
If someone wants my help to fix a broken program, I am there. But let
the kids have their time without us making their lives any harder than
And finally, their is a great coed program in our area called Campfire
Kids. They have a great program and I take a lot of advice from one of
my neighbors who is a leaders.
Cub Master Mighty Pack 339
Troop Committee, Troop 386
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City