Re: To get a discussion started. . .
Blaine S Nay (b.nay@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 29 May 1997 05:13:29 EDT
>If you examine the BSA mission, aims, and methods, you will find that
>they apply equally to girls and boys. I don't know much about other
>programs available to girls, but I strongly believe in the BSA program
>and can see no reason why we should deny it to young women. I eagerly
>await the day of coed BSA Scouting.
Having been a Boy Scout for over 30 years (my wife has been a Boy Scout
of-and-on for at total of some ten years as well) our family has always
been outdoors oriented. We've definitely been committed to the aims and
methods of Scouting and have three Eagle Scout sons (two more to go).
We wanted a similar program for our daughter and to date have found none
satisfactory. We signed her up in Girl Scouting. We were sorely
disappointed in the program. But nobody was more disappointed than our
daughter. There was absolutely no effort to learn skills of any kind --
not outdoor skills, leadership skills, not even home-maker skills! All
they did was sit in a circle and learn about the so-called women's
movement. Our input was sharply rejected -- apparently anything like the
aims and methods of Boy Scouting are not compatible with their agenda.
Maybe we're just too "old-fashioned" for their tastes.
However, I'm not ready to send my 14-year-old daughter out camping with a
bunch of boys nor my boys out camping with a bunch of girls (still too
"old-fashioned"). And, I'm not ready to be the Scoutmaster of a coed
troop. It's hard enough, sometimes, to get two-deep leadership. I can
only imagine how the need for adult leadership can grow exponentially
when girls are thrown into the mix.
What we really need is a separate organization or program that meets the
needs of girls -- NOT the needs of an agenda. I belive BSA could meet
that need very well -- on a non-coed basis.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City