Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Out Of Curiosity
Re: Out Of Curiosity
Fri, 23 Apr 1999 12:03:46 +0000
> --- Bill O'Connell wrote:
> > WAIT! 1) Girls are NOT discriminated from our
> > program. How about
> > explorers and female leaders. There are more girls
> > than ever before.
> To contend that the BSA does not discriminate against
> females is absurd. There are no girl Cubs. Just
> because young women are allowed in Explorers does not
> mean they are welcomed throughout the organization.
> Having female leaders does not provide the program to
> female children.
I, for one, am tired of the formula that states the any all male
organization is inherently bad and therefore needs to be integrated
to satisfy some PC established sense of "fairness".
Why is there no clamor to have boys admitted to the Girl Scouts? Why
doesn't Girl Scouting do something about changing its own program if
there is indeed such a large number of girls who prefer the Boy
Scout model and establish their own version of Venture scouts? Why
is it always the male organization that needs to be changed? Why is
there always value in having single sex programs for girls but not
There was an excellent program on PBS recently called "The War on
Boys" which showed how boys and the joys of boyhood are under siege
in our schools and society. One of the reasons for the problem is
that traditional organizations where men could teach boys how to be
men, such as little league and scouts are under attack and being
Groucho Marks once said "I wouldn't join any club that would take me
as a member" If we alter scouting to accommodate every aggrieved
constituency, we will save the patient by killing him, and the
resulting program will bear no resemblance to the current format that
everyone seems to want to be part of, on their own terms of course.
ASM Troop 107