Re: Female Eagle Scouts?
Fri, 18 Sep 1998 11:15:02 +0100
My take on Henry Kramer's inquiry:
BSA prevents women/girl Eagles by convoluted and arcane policies.
(Outdoor) Exploring (now inoperative) started at age 14. A youth (male)
can continue on the Eagle path if he at first attained 1st Class rank in
the Boy Scouts, but cannot start on rank advancement in Exploring. (The
tenses get muddled since we are in transition.) Young females cannot
get to 1st class because they cannot first be Boy Scouts.
Venturers will now have a different path: Rangers, which seems to allow
for rank/award advancement regardless of gender - BUT not Eagle.
The School/vocational based Exploring is now part of Learning for Life
(LFL), and doesn't support rank advancement. LFL is an odd duck. BSA
long touted LFL as another way to impart values along with career path
opportunites. It is a subsidiary of BSA and BSA allows it to disregard
all those important value things associated with BSA's positions on the
3Gs. The words schizophrenia and hypocracy come to mind.
Once upon a time BSA leaders could become Eagles even if they didn't
attain the rank in youth. But in those days female leaders were not
So...., while a female cannot become an Eagle I would guess an Eagle
could become a female through a transsexual operation. ;-) What BSA
does not allow surgery and hormone therapies can make a reality. I
wonder what BSA's stance would be on that?
The future, of course, has not been writ.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City