Re: coed troops and the venture program.
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 17:28:31 -0600
> To take that a step further, how many of the Troops through the Venture
> program have taken advantage of female "guests".
I think the above sentence could have been worded better :-)
I'm not sure of the insurance status for female guests. I understand
we can invite guests for purposes of recruitment and they will be covered
by insurance. Since females cannot join a troop as a member, they are
not there for recruiting purposes, are they insured?
I asked a professional that very same question. I was told that female
guests had to be documented for each event with arrangements made for
supplemental insurance coverage.
I have not heard of any troops doing the "female guest" option for
Venture activities in our area.
We charter a post as well as a troop. The post is nine years old. We
have yet to have any girls join. I've told the boys they are free to
recruit females, the choice is there's to make. So far they haven't made
any afforts to recruit girls, of course I haven't pushed it either.
Last weekend I attended a Latino Dinner sponsored by my church to invite
latino youth to join Scouting. As you may know Mexico has coed Scouting.
I had two boys and two girls interested in joining. I took their address
information and will forward our upcoming newsletter to them. I will
check with the boys in my post to get their permission before I invite the
girls to join, they are old enough to be explorers.
We do have female ASM's. We have had female leadership involved in bike
trips, canoe trips, and had three female leaders at summer camp last
summer. The boys seem pretty neutral about their involvment. We have
encountered female staff at Philmont and I had a Scout attend the World
Jamboree in the Netherlands. Still they do not bring up the subject.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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