Re: girls leading their own program
Robert Gerhard (ZonieCat@AOL.COM)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 11:22:57 -0500
In a message dated 97-02-12 13:14:38 EST, you write:
<< Saying that if girls
are leaving girls scouts for explorers means that the girls scout
program needs to change is off the mark. Does this mean that if boys
leave boy scouts for sports and dating that the boy scout program needs
to change to meet those needs? Of course not.>>
That is not fair; you are comparing apples and oranges here. Why not say,
"if girls want to leave for sports and dating"? Or "boys want to leave for
The girls are leaving for another Scouting organization, one they find more
suited to their needs, and in large numbers. I would think this is
indicative of a problem in GSUSA's program.
<< Not every program is for every child. Some girls thrive and need an
all-girl environment. Same with boys. Some prefer a mixed
environment. Some just leave because they don't like it; some move on
to something different.>>
This is very true, and is precisely why we need to preserve BSA (for the
mostpart) and GSUSA as single gender programs.
<< Having been a scout leader in France and Switzerland (both of which are
co-ed) there are certainly advantages of co-ed programs. I can say that
I have *never* seen girls in these programs simply sit back and let the
boys run it. Both sexes have to take account of the other, not for
equality, but for harmony within the unit. Its not a boy vs girl thing,
its a unit progression thing. >>
See above. Additionally, it is proven that in mixed-gender settings, girls
receive less attention than boys. The question is not which group of
children is running things, but rather who is receiving the attention and
guidance of the trained adults who are supposed to be running things.
This is not to say we do not need co-ed opportunities, but rather that we
don't need them at the expense of single-gender programs.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City