Law suit in Ca. to allow twin sister in
Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Fri, 30 May 1997 15:16:06 -0500
Although I intended to stay out of this debate, Tom's post about the law
suit gave me the added incentive to add my two cents :)
I have followed the law suit information from California about the twin
sister wanting to join the same troop that her Boy Scout brother has. The
parents have stated that there is no "comparable" offer in Girls Scouts, or
in the now co-ed Campfire. At one point, they stated that there was no Girl
Scout troop in there area.
They have also stated that this is entirely the girl's idea and they are just
supporting their daughter. She has been on interviews and has repeated that
it is her idea.
Now for my two cents....first the disclaimer. I do not know any of the
people involved and hate to make judgements either from a distance or up
Having twins, I can't believe that Amy or CJ would "choose" to have each
other in the same troop. They did play co-ed basketball together one year and
that was enough for all of us. Amy has gone on all the CUB field trips and
has served well in "filling in" for games and being my gopher. The boys
were upset that Amy was not getting any recogniton like they were. My
response was that Amy could join Girl Scouts.
There is little truth from what I have seen in the comment that fraternal
twins are no closer than other siblings. They may not be as close as
identical twins...but they do twin madness on me. One "knows" when the
other is hurt out in the neighborhood...one get stitches, within two weeks
the other needs them in almost the direct opposite location. Twin talk when
they were little because they didn't want to make the effort to speak to
The boy in the family states that he is extremely close to his sister and
wants to do everything with her. This is up to parents to decide, but Amy
and CJ will never be in the same homeroom and recently ended up in the
same class by changing teachers this year for about an hour. They "need"
(IMO) to be considered as separate individuals.
If there is not a Girl Scout troop that the daughter could join...start one.
I was a Girl Scout...had a great time.
Amy wants to join an Explorer post when she turns 14. (After she was at
Philmont and found out she could climb the "good trails" then). Maybe she
and CJ will be in the same post if they want. *I* know they will never be
in the same patrol.
Sorry to be so long winded, but this "reason" for bringing suit gets me
going. If they said they liked the program better, or they didn't want to
start a troop...anything, but...I want to be like my twin.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City