scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: What about men as Girl Scout leaders?
Mick Cole (MicCCole@AOL.COM
Thu Jun 15 2000 - 13:24:00 CDT
In a message dated Thu, 15 Jun 2000 10:51:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time, "Jim Miller Jr." <jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG> writes:
<< Neil Lupton [mailto:NeilLup@AOL.COM] wrote:
>BTW, I believe that taking a Boy Scout Troop camping with only female
>leadership is not contrary to BSA policy.
>From the Guide to Safe Scouting, Chapter I, Section 1, Paragraph 1:
"Two registered adult leaders, or one adult and a parent of a participating
Scout, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age or older, are required
for all trips or outings. There are a few instances such as patrol
activities, when no adult leadership is required. Coed overnight activities
require male and female adult leaders, both of whom must be 21 years of age
or older. "
The last sentence says it all - Coed activities (any activity that is not
completely made up of participants of the same gender) require coed
leadership. It's in bold type and it is a requirement. Of course, it does
not apply to trips that are not overnight.
James J. Miller, Jr. Meechgalhukquot
Assistant Scoutmaster-Troop 5, Kearny, NJ "Redheaded One"
Eagle-1988 Vigil-1994 I used to be a Bobwhite(NE-II-76)
District Vice Chairman - Venturing, Hudson Liberty District
Northern New Jersey Council, BSA
At the risk of sounding sounding overly lawyer-like, the use of the word "coed" here could be a bit more clear. Does it apply only to youth, in which case the required two-deep leaders could both be female. However, if the word applies to everyone involved in the activity, both youth and adult, then any covered activity attended by a female adult leader also requires a male adult leader. Looks like there has been some waffling on the part of National, which they need to clear up.
SM, Troop 62