Re: SCOUT-L does not mean Scout minus Logic
Francois Faguy (ffaguy@QUEBECTEL.COM)
Mon, 17 Feb 1997 18:46:18 -0500
Ian N Ford made a very interresting summary of how co-ed units developped in
UK. In Canada, the process was just about the same, the pressure came from
the units, then up the ladder: district, provincial federation, national...
Units can be co-ed or single gender, it is up to them to decide. It would
be interresting to find out how co-ed units came to be in other countries.
Anybody out there?
Ian made another point about the legal system, most english speaking
countries share a common law heritage, but the practice is different. The
USA have a surplus of lawyers (look at the ratios of lawyers per 1000
persons versus the ratio of engineers for the USA and Japan and you will
understand why Japan is taking the lead in high tech industries). Canada is
starting to get into the same kind of problems, everybody and his mother is
suing his dentist or his doctor for malpractice.
Actualy, the fact that a national organisation does not accept any girl
would not prevent it from law suit (versus letting individual units decide).
A good example is minor hockey, a men's only sport; a few years ago a
little girl sued a minor league to get accepted and won. Minor hockey
leagues, nor any hockey club, had never admitted girls before and their
charters made them men's only organizations. Keeping the BSA a men's only
organization won't prevent it from law suit... Better start figuring out to
make co-ed units work and revise the leader's manual accordingly.
Leader, 4e Kamsoks, District de Ste-Anne
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