Re: Afoul the third "G"
Mike Walker (email@example.com)
Fri May 29 14:14:15 1998
Win Davis wrote:
> Greetings all,
> I have a question for the wisdom of this group. I just visited the
> Scout Office and talked with the Exploring exec about our need for
> recruiting. She was quite enthusiastic until I mentioned we are a
> only" ship. She said that her concern was that they would get into
> flap (she didn't mention God and Gays, but the implication was there)
> 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
> support - they go into the high schools and set up displays and sign
> tables in the fall. The DE for our district will help us recruit, but
> don't do the same thing. I am not clear whether I will have any
> getting access to names and addresses from the surveys that they also
> If I do, and if they give me more than just names indicating interest
> aquatics, I might still do okay.
> I am a little concerned, however, that there is another issue out
> which I am going to have to tiptoe around. We have, in my opinion,
> 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
> for girls if leadership is available). We are legally constituted as
> unit in this Council and, until August, are part of the Exploring
> 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
> Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!
> Win Davis
> Skipper, SSS Eagle II
> Central Florida
Not to second guess your program, but here in the Sam Houston Area
Council we have sixteen ships and they are all co-ed. My ship is ten
years old and I run a traditional program with both boys and girls and I
have experienced minimal problems. I wouldn't have it any other way.
The girls help the boy recruiting and vice versa.
Several years ago the youth drafted and adopted a Code of Conduct which
is made available to all recruits. They either buy into the program
from the outset or they are not invited to play. All members sign the
Code and a copy is sent home to parents.
One caveat to a successful co-ed program however, is that you must have
a strong, participating female Mate. I have been lucky in that regard.
Mike Walker, Skipper
SSS 502, SHAC