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30 minutes ago, Treflienne said:

Because 11-14 girls and 11-14 boys naturally separate and don't want anything to do with each other.

Not sure I agree with that being a "natural" occurrence. I think that such preference is a learned behavior, not one that comes naturally or instinctually. I also think such preference is likely more cultural than it is natural.

 

32 minutes ago, Treflienne said:

Also, in a coed environment tasks can easily divide along gender roles, depriving the kids of a chance to learn valuable skills more commonly associated with the other gender.

I am in complete agreement on this. I don't mind if we end up with some sort of coed solution but I think gender-specific patrols and likely completely separate leadership roles will continue to be beneficial for both boys and girls.

 

33 minutes ago, Treflienne said:

But I can see families of girls (like mine) as well as families of boys wanting to keeping kids' experience single-sex.

Agreed, to a point. I really like the cub scout structure of single-gender dens that might report to a coed pack.

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28 minutes ago, Cambridgeskip said:

Our actual patrols, where most chores are done, are mixed and there's certainly no gender based division there. They simply get stuck into it together. Maybe it's the sort of girls that come to scouts rather than girl guides simply not standing for any having to do the cleaning nonsense but it certainly doesn't happen. This is what coed chores typically look like.

There probably is a lot to do with the types of kids that come to scouts

but generally speaking

I can see an upside to this approach, in the development of my son anyway.  He has two sisters and gets along good with them.....but outside of that I'm not really convinced he ever really talks to girls.  I recon from time to time he might get tagged to a girl as a lab partner or something at school, but I'm sure that would never be by choice and likely this is a rarely if ever thing.  It would be good for him to have more friends that are girls...if for nothing else than for better understanding down the road when he starts to date.

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2 hours ago, Cambridgeskip said:

The USA is one of the most diverse countries on the planet. Any solution had to allow for staying strictly same sex or allowing things to blur because of that diversity. And yes I can see that in practice those that want to will blur it. They are treading an extremely thin tight rope and I think this is as good a solution as any.

Fully agree.  Well said.  

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On 3/6/2018 at 1:36 PM, Eagle1993 said:

It looks like Troops start Feb 2019.

Now I have a definitive date to plan my exit from Scouting.

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11 hours ago, Dixit said:

 How did he achieve 6 months of tenure since turning 10?

I questioned that when I first started helping out with them as Webelos, and the fact that he would only be 10 years and a couple of months old.

I was told that they had requested a waiver so he could move up to Webelos with his friends (even though he was a year behind in school), and that if he completed AOL he could cross over with them last month.

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8 hours ago, Thunderbird said:

If the boy is in the 4th grade and just turned 10 in December, how did he meet the 6 month tenure requirement ("six months since completing the fourth grade or for at least six months since becoming 10 years old"?  He hasn't completed the 4th grade yet, so December + 6 months would be June.

When I asked the same questions I was told they requested and were granted a waiver.

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On 3/6/2018 at 1:03 PM, John-in-KC said:

One  chartered partner, one  committee, in theory two scoutmasters and two sets of assistant scoutmaster's

Two youth structures-- PLC, patrols, etc. Again, in theory

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We do this already.

Two small LDS troops share one committee. The troops meet separately, have separate SMs and ASMs, separate youth structures, separate weekly troop meetings, separate campouts, separate summer camps.

The goal is not to run a combined Scouting program for the two troops - we simply want to cut down on the administrative overhead by joining forces for staffing adult positions on the committee. It works (mostly).

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On 3/6/2018 at 4:17 PM, NJCubScouter said:

Scoutmistress?

Just kidding, just kidding.

But that is proper.  We should go with that.

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12 hours ago, David CO said:

...or BSA wants to collect a second chartering fee?

By Jove, I think he's got it! :D

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7 hours ago, RiverRat said:

But that is proper.  We should go with that.

Scout Queen/King as needed.

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6 minutes ago, Tampa Turtle said:

Scout Queen/King as needed.

Not sure, might get a tad confusing with UK and Commonwealth Queen's/King's Scouts. :)

"Uncle" Ian

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