Afoul the third "G"
Win Davis (WinDavis@compuserve.com)
Fri May 29 13:37:58 1998
I have a question for the wisdom of this group. I just visited the local
Scout Office and talked with the Exploring exec about our need for
recruiting. She was quite enthusiastic until I mentioned we are a "males
only" ship. She said that her concern was that they would get into another
flap (she didn't mention God and Gays, but the implication was there) when
some young lady wanted to sign up and was told it wasn't for her. While I
understand her concern, this leaves us out of a lot of Council recruiting
support - they go into the high schools and set up displays and sign up
tables in the fall. The DE for our district will help us recruit, but they
don't do the same thing. I am not clear whether I will have any problem
getting access to names and addresses from the surveys that they also do.
If I do, and if they give me more than just names indicating interest in
aquatics, I might still do okay.
I am a little concerned, however, that there is another issue out there
which I am going to have to tiptoe around. We have, in my opinion, good
reasons for wanting an all boy ship, and in any case, it is the wish of our
sponsor that we stay that way ( although they will happily sponsor a ship
for girls if leadership is available). We are legally constituted as a
unit in this Council and, until August, are part of the Exploring program.
I am posting this in hopes that more experienced guys out there can help me
in figuring out what to say to the Council about this problem.
Incidentally, I was also told they didn't know they had a Sea Scout Ship in
this part of the Council and had been turning away phone calls from kids
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!
Skipper, SSS Eagle II