Re: Update: Calif. Girl Wanting to Join BSA
Bob Evans (evans@THEBORG.WES.ARMY.MIL)
Thu, 5 Jun 1997 10:32:00 -0500
> One Boy Scout was a girl, about 16 to 17 years old from the looks of it. I
> was very impressed to see how she took care of things and felt it benefited
> our young boys to see that girls are competent and capable and can build
> fires and tie knots and do all of the same things they are learning to do. We
> also had a Scout with long dread locks (male) who played the bugle. The girl
> and the dread lock guy were to ones our boys remembered when they saw them
> again at their first camporee, over 6 months later.
> Rita Allen
> Pack 763
> Beaverton, OR--the RainLand!
Rita, it is all well and good that your cubs see people who are competent
and good leaders. It doesn't matter whether or not they are girls, boys,
hairy, or bald.
However, I do have one question: was the girl a member of a Canadian Troop?
Or was she a member of an American BSA Troop? The answer is important. If
it is the former, then a female being a member is _following the rules_.
BUT, if it is the latter, then you are using a case of leaders allowing
someone to be a member of the Boy Scouts in _violation_ of the rules. It
doesn't matter if that person can do all the 'skills' of wood lore, etc.
That person and her leaders have violated the Scout Oath and the first
point of the Scout Law (Trustworthy). And those are much more important
than any of the other 'skills' to be learned in scouting. When the day
comes that your boys ask why the leaders are not following the BSA regulations,
what do you say? That its a dumb regulation? Then what do you tell them
when _they_ break a rule that _they_ think is a 'dumb' regulation?
I hope that the girl doesn't work herself into the position of going to an
Eagle BoR. If she does, then she will be very disappointed when she is turned
down. And the leaders who allowed her to participate as a member will be
the ones to blame.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City