Re: Girl camping
Mike Sieber (sieber@SCTC.COM)
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 07:57:56 -0600
In September our Troop went to a state park and did some program
planning, about two campsites down was a Girl Scout Troop. (I believe a
Brownie Troop) Both groups have a lot of pride about each of their
Scouting program, and were shouting back and forth about: Boys are better
because.... Oh yeah, well Girls are better because.... This went back
and forth for a while until I took my guys on a night hike to take them
away from a shouting match. At times, during the planning, the boys would
talk about scaring the girls at night or worse. I told my boys, that,
under no condition were they to instigate anything, the punishment for
doing so would be swift and harsh. In this case it was an unneeded
distraction, probably for both Troops, that just happened and we dealt with
it. Under circumstances of less composure by my boys and the possibility
of someone else being the leader in charge, I could see something bad
happening. Luckily, I had my Jr. leaders with, and not my 'trouble'
IMHO, having a girl along while camping is an unneeded distraction
from the purpose of the campout, to teach leadership, camping skills, and
provide an opportunity for advancement. I'm not saying that it is
impossible to accomplish all of this with a girl along, rather, it is quite
possible that nothing in particular will happen... BUT, boys will be
If anything bring the girl to a couple of meetings and see how the
boys and the girl interact with each other and detemine if it is possible.
Either that or inform the parents of the girl about the Exploring program.
Just my 2 cents...
Michael R. Sieber, SM T142
Wyoming, MN 55092
Indianhead Council #295
Eagle class of '84
Brotherhood - Agaming Lodge #257
"...used to be a Beaver" C-4-94
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