GSvBS & Wood badge
Joe Servos (jservos@BSERV.COM)
Sun, 16 Feb 1997 08:47:04 -0500
I don't know how relevant to the US situation but here goes.
Scouts Canada permits coed packs troops etc but each unit
(all sections) vote individually to decide whether to go coed,
and this is done at such time as there appears to be
interest, at either the parent or group level. In other words
the vote to go coed or not is not mandated by national or district,
but by your individual group.
In my City we have 2 coed groups, including mine. Our decision was
taken in response to our change in Distict policy, and at the time
we had no interested girls.
Since then we have had two or three girls join at the scout level,
and this year have our first girl at the cub level. To the boys
it is not an issue or problem. I was a little apprehensive
that the senior cubs might comment, but this has not been an issue.
We have one female leader, and we previosly did before we went coed.
We have some considerations when we camp (our first coed camp is
this month) but this won't be a significant concern.
Now to change subjects, having just finished wood badge, it is the
policy here that the beads can be worn at any time, but that the
Gilwell Neckerchief should only be worn at scouting events
when you are not representing your own pack or troop.
27th Guelph Ont Canada Cubs
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City