Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: The 3-G's: the other two.
Re: The 3-G's: the other two.
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 11:26:42 -0500
BSA's primary means of communication is through its Council Offices and its
printed literature. Those who like and enjoy the Internet tend to want to
find resources on the net. However, BSA continues to rely on local and
printed communication to reach all of its members and not just those with
computers. Perhaps someday as more folks use the net we'll see more official
stuff on the BSA site.
When you are trying to find a policy that is not available via the net, the
best source is your local Scout Executive. Each month, he/she receives a
packet from national with the most recent policy memoranda, some of which
are restricted in distribution (yeah, I know that some will say there
shouldn't be any restricted stuff, but I'm just telling you what happens).
Of the two "G's" that you asked about, I can tell you that the issue of
Girls in Boy Scouting is complicated by separate, exclusive Congressional
Charters to BSA and GSUSA. In the 1970s BSA went so far as to design new
logos and trademarks for Scouting USA while it was conducting talks with
GSUSA. GSUSA did not want to be subsumed into BSA and resisted and
overtures at a joint operation that would have allowed girls into Boy
Although discussion of such issues may be interesting, such discussion tends
to degrade into personal opinion, emotion, and in some cases personal
attacks as individuals become irritated. Resolution of these issues on an
e-list is as unlikely as agreement on one side or another by all. For this
reason I would encourage list members to focus more on the things that we
can change; e.g., the way we deliver the program to the young people we
serve by providing better activities, safer activities, and better
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.