Re: girl camping
Turba, Thomas N RV (tnt1@PO11.RV.UNISYS.COM)
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 14:10:00 -0600
>A man wants his son to join my troop. He is already trained and has
>volunteered to be an asm. My problem is that he wants to bring his 13 year
>old daughter on campouts. He says that Circle 10 allows him to bring her
>summer camp as long as a female leader is present. I have a bad feeling
>about this. How do you feel?
My feeling depends on the circumstances. Without knowing why he wants to
bring his daughter along makes it hard to answer. If he is a single parent
and the alternative is that she would be left home alone. I think he has a
valid reason. The same would be true if the mother is a health
professional, fire fighter, ... and would not be at home for a majority of
My personal experience from having been a leader on many teenage co-ed
campouts, some with just one female youth, is that the fears are far greater
than the problems. Nonetheless, unless he has a valid reason, I would say
no. If he does have a valid reason, give it a try.
I would also say that bringing her to summer camp is different than bringing
her on all campouts. Many camps are now set up as co-ed facilities.
T. N. T.
Thomas N. (Tom) Turba
Indianhead Council, BSA
St. Paul, Minnesota
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