Re: To get a discussion started. . . MORE
Don Izard (dizard@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Wed, 28 May 1997 15:19:06 -0400
> I would like to contibute some past experience rather than contribute
> to the FEAR of girls "messing" up BSA. I was an active Explorer in the
> 60's until college in 1967. After that I was registered in the OLD
> College reserve and still went to Philmont and other High Adventure
> programs with my post. I was as associate advisor after 18, or was
> it assistant?
> Anyway, after college I went into the Army and wound up in Germany.
> About the afternoon of the day we moved in, a guy in a Suit shows
> up, that KNEW I had been an Eagle scout, and an Explorer etc.
> Also knew my wife was a Girl Scout (curved bar in the 60's) etc.
> He told us of the new challenge for US, to accept the rolls as
> advisors of the FIRST CO-ed post in the area. (1972!) The post
> had 12 guys and 8 girls, and we ran it like an EXPLORER post.
> Nothing changed because it was CO-ed. We had officers, we had
> camp-outs, went on a trip to Berlin, went Skiing etc,. etc.
> I have been to programs in Canada with CO-ED units, and my son
> went to a World jamboree that wa CO-ED!! BSA is one of the FEW
> (not yet the last) holdouts to make all levels co-ed.
> Scouting is outing, and scouts are scouts. Being male or female
> does NOT need to change the program!!! It works WELL in a MAJORITY
> of the rest of the world. Are we NOT as good? Or do we just have
> more fears and predjudices?
> I remember a FEW adults that BURNED their OA sash when women were
> first permited! To me a large impact to the OA, has been the VERY
> young, 11.5 year olds, that are being eleceted, and NOT the females.
> Let get on with it! Stop fighting the FORCE, and get moving into
> the future!!!!
> Scouter Don
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