Re: coed troops
Norman MacLeod (gaelwolf@DMV.COM)
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 16:02:38 -0500
I'm with you in finding Hugh's statement that the Eagle
candidates he has reviewed have been opposed to the
idea of allowing girls to join Packs and Troops in the BSA.
What we have to remember, though, is that the phraseology
of an interview question can easily serve to turn the answer
in one direction or another, even if the person asking the
question is not aware of the bias that phrasing may indicate.
I can easily ask the question about girls joining Packs and
Troops in several different ways, and get several different
answers from just about anyone, especially if I am talking to
The Scouts in these reviews know at least something about
Hugh and the questions he is going to ask, in many cases.
They are also aware of his Scouting background in many instances.
I'm sure you had a pretty good idea of the attitudes of the members
of your Board of Review before you went in and sat down with them,
too. You may have even had a bit of "coaching" from one or more
adult Leaders about the attitudes of the people you would meet with.
Perhaps even a bit of "heads up" from other recently reviewed Eagle
The question of whether or not girls should be allowed to join BSA
Packs and Troops is one that has been around for quite some time,
and will circle around from time to time for a long while to come, even
if the option is made available at some point. There will always be
those who are going to question the wisdom of the decision, regardless
of how the decision is made or what the result is.
It would be nice if a properly crafted survey were to be made available
for Scouts, Leaders, and parents for all age levels, so that we could
once and for all find out what the attitudes are toward the question from
border to border and sea to sea, wouldn't it?
Of course, you would need a knowledgeable, independent polling body
to build the survey to keep it free of opinion bias. Do you think that might
even be possible?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City