Mon, 24 Feb 1997 15:58:11 -0500
> I can give you one answer. I have been a member our District Eagle Board of
> Review for about 25 years - Chair for the last 10-15. During my Chair period
> I have asked each Eagle candidate what he thought about allowing girls to be
> members of Scout troops. Each has been against the idea!
> I think my phraseology passes any bias test and the candidate never learns
> what any member of the Board thinks of the possibility. I have asked the
> same question randomly in two other areas (all southern states) and the
> response has been the same. The unanimity of response has surprised me.
That surprises me too.
I'll have to say that I find that extremely peculiar. I've been
in Scouting only about five or six years, and as it happens, my Eagle
Board is tomorrow night. I know that not only am I of the opinion that
girls should be able to become members of Scout troops, I have several
friends who are either very close to Eagle or are already recipients of
the award who are of the same opinion I am.
The only thing that I can make out of this is that you mentioned
that most if not all of the people you talked to were from southern
states, and I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is anything
but southern. Maybe it's a regional difference...
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City