scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Competing BSA organizations?
Alexandria Lone Scout (scouts_alex@HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 25 2000 - 08:07:30 CDT
Even in the US of A there are other scout-like organizations. Campfire is
the one that comes to mind with Christian Service Brigade and Pathfinders
(7th Day Adventist) lurking in the shadows. I was very active in Pathfinders
for seven years concurrently with BSA responsibilities. All three are
excellent organizations. Campfire is secular and inclusive. The other two
are church based but also inclusive in membership. In Pathfinders we made
extensive use of BSA materials for program aids and were able to use BSA
facilities on a space available basis.
It is interesting to note that Campfire, Christian Service Brigade and
Pathfinders are co-ed. During the seven years I was associated with
Pathfinders in two different churches we had not one case of gender based
misconduct. That is not the case with the BSA units I've been associated
with over the past 44 years. While uncommon, hazing, physical assault, and
un-called for harrassment of scouts by adults as well as other scouts happen
too frequently for my taste.
Yours in Scouting,
Alexandria Lone Scouts, BSA
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