Male values in scouting
Alison Hoyer (alihoyer@INET.UNI-C.DK)
Sun, 18 Feb 1996 21:38:19 -0600
A topic and a presentation:
I am Thomas Hoyer, a new subscriber to this list. I became a cub scout in
1968 in Charlottenlund Group, Denmark, and have been there since. I was the
troop leader from 1982 to 1987, and I am currently assistant group leader.
We do rather traditional scouting in a boys-only group in a country where
the vast majority of groups are now co-ed.
At our next staff meeting, the first (not last) point on our agenda will be
- as always - the 'soft point' which is dealing with our scouting in a wider
perspective. Each leader in turn gives an introduction, and it is me next.
I have to introduce a short debate on the following topic: 'does belonging
to a boys-only group positively influence the development of the individual
I asked the scouting-europe mailing list and got a number of replies, but
from co-ed scouters only. We have always been male-only in Charlottenlund,
and we are not about to change, so I am not asking for confirmation or the
opposite in this matter, but I believe that gender-separated and co-ed
scouters alike may well ask themselves how they provide an adequate stimulus
for the boys to develop into good men.
Personally, I see this development as being critically dependent on a
leadership which is able to provide an example to follow of good male
values. I hope to hear your views on male values in scouting either
posted to this list or to me personally (whichever way is considered
appropriate on this list), and I also ask any respondent to give
me permission to include his or hers contribution in a small 'archive' of
this discussion to be accesible from our homepage. We are going to do the
inaugurational upload of this homepage,
http://inet.uni-c.dk/~alihoyer/scouting.html , on feb. 20th.
Yours in scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City