Re: girls leading their own program
James W Schoonmaker. Jr. (schoony2@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 11:43:58 EST
I, too, have given some thought to the merger of GSUSA/BSA. I have a son
who went from Tiger Cubs through Boy Scouts and a daughter who went from
Brownies into Seniors. Neither are now in Scouts but I still am. I
participated fully in both (time and training) and have enjoyed both
programs. In fact, some of my fondest memories are of being the "token
dad" on Brownie campouts. The girls and women were great, especially
when they found out that I rose early and loved to get the fire started.
And the pride in my daughter's eyes will live in my heart forever.
>I do agree that it is good that there are still places where girls can
>lead without interference from boys.
I agree. Boys, especially the younger ones, also need an environment
away from girls.
>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.
Bottom line, I believe, is that both organizations should look long and
hard at what is good in each program and not be ashamed to use it. More
cooperation is in order. More joint activities including high adventure
where appropriate. More focus on the goal- our youth- and less on adult
Thanks for listening.
YIS, Bill Schoonmaker
Advancement Chair., ASM, hiker & backpacker, canoer, mapman; T893; UC,
Patawomeck District, National Capital Area Council
Never earned Eagle but am a "Lifer"
My wife calls me "The Scout that refuses to grow up!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City