Re: [ScoutRadio] Re: Girls are Scouts too!
- Norm, I've been a scout leader since 1985, and even way back then we had
women in scouting. When I was a Cub Scout in the mid 1960's, our
Cubmaster was a woman. My Den leader was a woman. The Committee Chair
of my Boy Scout Troop in 1972 was a woman. When were women not allowed
in the BSA?
In all that scouting we never go to operate a radio station though, I
did notice at the Scout Shop this weekend, they are now selling a neat
looking little crystal radio receiver kit for about $10.00 or so. It
seems a bit flimsy but it looks like they could be built in one day and
used immediately. I may buy a few and see how the boys like them, I
will report back here.
73 de KB9BVN
On 2/27/2013 4:27 PM, Norm Huber wrote:
> On 2/26/2013 15:06, Brian Murrey wrote:
>> What does Scouts Canada attribute this tremendous drop in membership
>> to? What is the most significant factor that has caused this decline?
> Years ago when women were not allowed in BSA I noted that the English
> program recruited the husband and wife as a team so the men were not
> hearing the "All you do is scout" complaint at home. I also felt at the
> time that if you had the husband and wife working together you set an
> example for the young men on how they should lead their families. My
> wife was in the first Coed Scout Leader Training Class held in NCAC in
> DC. We had Scouters sitting across the table from us talking about the
> ruination of Scouting.
> Later (early 90s) I had the opportunity to be a "Host family" for a
> Scouter from Korea who told me that they were seeing the beginning of
> the membership decline in their country. They blamed it on the many
> other programs available and the increase in the pace of life. We are
> now living in an age when the parents have to drive their kids every
> where they go.
- Similarly, take a look at a program developed by Mark Spencer of ARRL:This is an ARRL legacy document. At Camp Whispering Cedars (GSUSA) in Dallas, we sent theGirl Scout Radio Badge image to a patch manufacturer to copy. Last we heard (several years ago)was that the original source no longer supplied the badges. The ARRL no longer mentions this programon their Scouting pages.The Girl Scout Radio Badge was an adaptation of the BSA Radio Merit Badge.73, Frank KR1ZANGarland, TX
On Feb 28, 2013, at 7:13 PM, Walter Underwood <wunder@...> wrote:
This old ARRL publication has a suggested radio badge for different levels of Girl Scouts.wunderK6WRUOn Feb 28, 2013, at 5:08 PM, J.Gordon Beattie, Jr., W2TTT wrote:
Given that I have three sons who are Scouts/Scouters (2 Eagles, 1 on the way) and my belief that daughters need quality programs, I might be inclined to put some young ladies through the Radio Merit Badge program and simply issue them the badge…probably not an action compliant with BSA policy, but it would be worth it to see the reaction of a GSUSA adult when she spots a Girl Scout/Venturer with a Radio Merit Badge patch on their vest! J
It is hard enough to get the parents of boys to engage in traditional Boy Scouting programs. From my experience, it is even harder to get parents to support their daughters in Venturing, especially if the program is similar to that of a Boy Scout Troop with respect to the high adventure activities. That is a shame. If my sons have daughters, I will be all over them to be supportive of their daughters the way my wife and I were for them.
Yours in Scouting!
Thanks & 73,
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT