Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: BSA's Co-Ed Dilemma
Re: BSA's Co-Ed Dilemma
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 01:05:00 -0400
Though I can't put my finger on the dates, I remember a time when BSA was
ready to merge with GSUSA. Some old timers can probably remember the short
time when BSA used Scouting USA logos and was moving towards using that name
for a merger. My recollection is that GSUSA initially was interested in
discussion, but later determined it did not want to merge, preferring to
keep its separate identity.
Both BSA and GSUSA have Congressional Charters that provide them with
exclusive Scouting programs for youth members based on the ages of
membership at the time of the creation of the charters. Without a voluntary
merger, neither is free to open up membership to both sexes without getting
a revision to the charters. Neither is anxious to do that because it would
open discussion on too many issues and could result in other modifications
to the charters, that might not be entirely desirable.
The bottomline on this issue is that GSUSA wasn't at that time ready or
agreeable to a merger and that the charters give each organization exclusive
rights to bring the Scouting program to girls (GSUSA) or boys (BSA).
Because the charters did not cover older youth programs not then in
existence, BSA has been able to open up Exploring and now Venturing to coed
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (email@example.com)
Webmastering in the Scouting Spirit from Alexandria, VA