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    Scoutmaster of Scouts BSA Troop for Girls in District of Columbia. 51 Scouts, 11 Scoutmasters, 19-member Committee. Skipper of Sea Scout Ship for young adults in District of Columbia. 40 Sea Scouts, 12 Skippers, 25-member Committee. AOL/Eagle/Quartermaster/Vigil as Scout. Past Positions: District Chairman, Area Venturing Advisor (Central), Council VP (Abraham Lincoln, Springfield IL), Region Membership Chair (Central), National Venturing Committee V Chair, National Second Century Society Chair, Area President (Central 8), National Income Development Chair, Council President (Pathway to Adventure, Chicago), National Advisory Council, Assistant Webelos Den Leader.

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  1. Extrapolating membership results of other Scouting organizations after they admitted girls is interesting, but it is not predictive in our circumstances. We have gone through circumstances that would long-ago have destroyed any other not-for-profit organization I am aware of. This includes two decades of extreme dispute over membership standards, ten years of high-profile civil litigation against BSA councils over youth abuse, formation of a competitor organization that presents an ongoing public relations and membership campaign targeted to discourage boys and men from joining the BSA
  2. Can we focus more on how having Girls in Scouts BSA will impact the BSA over the long run?
  3. Here are some predictions to get this going. In 2033 ....... · Female youth membership will comprise 45% of BSA membership. · BSA will have reconfigured Cub Scouts by migrating to a GSUSA-style formation and operation model for that age group. Emphasis will be on larger dens without packs and no chartered organizations. The uniform will become a casual-style shirt with printed or iron-on insignia. Outdoor programming for Cub Scouts will be increased and upgraded. Mixed gender Dens will be allowed., but these will comprise only 15% of Dens. · After t
  4. How will having girls in Scouts BSA impact the BSA over the long term? By long term I mean your predictions should be of impacts at least ten years distant. You can be bold if you wish -- and I do not insist that you be granular or specific with your analysis. And, it is fine to predict impacts going beyond the BSA. I want you to swing for the fences as you predict things. I encourage those of you who do not participate frequently to have some fun and post on this thread. We have had four previous postings to suggest how units and councils can improve implementation and have captured
  5. Eagle1993: My views on Scouts BSA Troops for Girls regard program quality and feasibility at the unit level. What specifically are the "drastic changes" you seek? I'm guessing you are focused on the above-unit levels.
  6. Most of the conversation in these postings regards two questions: “Is what our lodges do with regard to the depiction of Native American culture ever going to be accepted by the larger Native American community?” And: “Is the continued engagement by youth members of the Order of the Arrow in the representation of Native American culture fundamental to the achievement of BSA goals? The answer to both questions is no. It is impossible to envision a time when Native American communities will broadly accept the depiction of their culture by our young people through costumed depictions o
  7. The lack of mid-course corrective suggestions tells me BSA is using a great approach with the all-girl Scouts BSA troops. I’ll admit I struggled a bit to come up with the above suggestions I made. We just need to keep with the current approach and do more of it — just like with the boy troops.
  8. The principal thought about Scouts BSA for girls is that it is so dramatically different as a program from GSUSA at the 11-18 age group that we are not in competition with them. I do not believe the girls in our troop would be happy in a GSUSA unit because they are looking for the rigorous and frequent outdoor programming we offer. I recall being shocked by the fighting words used by their national leadership when we first opened to girls. They have not been harmed by our program opening to girls and I was surprised they were not more confident in their own offerings at the time.
  9. Unit Level. Adapt unit web sites to more directly explain the relevance of Scouts BSA to girls. Form advisory committees of outstanding women in the community who can present as role models during unit meetings. Target and recruit outdoorswomen from the community to join the Troop Committee. Council Level. Assure long term camp bathroom facilities are better managed. There is some youthful teasing of Scouts entering and exiting these facilities. This should include entirely separate facilities. Task commissioners to work with girl troops on growth, including organizational and oper
  10. What suggestions do you have to upgrade the Scouts BSA program for girls? This can include operational matters at the unit and council level, as well as suggested program or management changes at the national level.
  11. I used to think there were two things that one could never change in Scouting: our properties and OA. That is really not true. Evolving these aspects of Scouting does happen in a positive manner when the first and final analysis prioritizes the best interests of our young people. The regularly-involved unit leader perspective is that OA is “twisting in the wind” with regard to its long term role and continuing relevance. This is solely because the controversial aspects of the program have not yet been processed. I can see why this is so, because we have all been dealing with so many
  12. The program belongs to the young adults who are involved. We cannot go wrong by letting them take the lead on what form the Order of the Arrow needs to take in the future. That is how the seemingly unresolvable challenge of evolving this program can be effectively handled. In the 1970s I was influenced greatly and had possibilities in life expanded through peer and adult examples I was able to observe while serving as a Chapter Chief and in in multiple Lodge offices. I was ceremonies chair and led an honorable dance team with advice from local Native Americans for several years as a yo
  13. Girls participating in Scouts BSA love the program and it serves them well when troops are well run. I’m glad that does not seem to be questioned in the comments. So, it is really a matter of market penetration to establish, maintain and grow quality girl troops. We can do that effectively during the next five or so years as we continue to recover from – well – just about everything that has challenged the BSA these last twenty years. We can’t expect in four years to have developed the deep bench of leaders who have a particular interest in forming and supporting girl troops – especial
  14. The impacts of adding Scouts BSA troops for girls and Cub Scout dens for girls have been tremendously positive in the lives of involved young women. My observation these past five years is that our Scouting program in all of its aspects (outdoor, advancement, leadership, etc.) impacts girls just as significantly and positively as boys. I have seen the very techniques that have proven so effective with boys work as well with girls without modification. Girls who reach First Class receive a boost in capability unsurpassed by any other program experience for girls. I have seen them do bet
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