Re: To get a discussion started. . .
Fred Webb (fwebb@DOLPHINICS.COM)
Wed, 28 May 1997 14:07:31 -0400
Steve Featherkile wrote:
>I'd like to see BSA change to include girls in the program. Leave it up
>to the individual unit whether it would be co-ed, boys only or girls
>only... same program, same ideals. My daughters think Camp Fire and GSA
Matthew Kauffmann replied:
>It sounds like Campfire and GSA are the ones that need the
>overhaul...if it ain't broke don't fix it...the BSA has been
>successful for over 77 years now, why do we need to make huge
>changes to accommodate people that aren't satisfied with their current
>program? Shouldn't they change their program to fit the needs of
>their members? I am not familiar with the programs, but isn't it
>possible for them [GSA and Campfire, etc] to set up programs and do
>the activities that the BSA do?
Well, I don't know anything about Campfire, and not too much about GSA
(no girls!), but conversations with a few people who have been both BSA
and GSA leaders indicate to me that it should be possible, within the GSA
program to do most of what Boy Scouts do. The problem here lies with the
individual leaders and the programs they choose to run. So, one answer to
someone who complains "GSA is lame" is "OK, start your own troop, and do
what the girls want."
Also, Matthew writes:
>Not to mention that girls can join explorer posts to participate in
Yes, but not at age 10, which is about when Cub Scouts start to go camping.
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