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WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Coed Conundrum

Ideas from the field: How to find female Venturing leaders.

Venturing leader J.P. can’t get his Venturers’ moms to become leaders, making coed outings all but impos- sible. He asks for ways to recruit more female leaders.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Can dads take their daughters on overnight Venturing trips without female leaders? Not according to the Guide to Safe Scouting: “Coed overnight activities — even those including parent and child — require male and female adult leaders, both of whom must be 21 years of age or older, and one of whom must be a registered member of the BSA.”

LOOK FOR LIKES Try to recruit young women who are doing what you want to do. If you want to hike, contact local hiking clubs. If you want to rock climb, reach out to the local rock gym.


What should you do with a registered leader who is so negative about everything that neither the Scouts nor

the adults can stand to be around him or her? J.S.


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Post fliers in the local REI or Eastern Mountain Sports store. There are women who would like to share their knowledge and serve as role models for crew members who have similar interests.

Venturing Parent M.B. HATBORO, PA.

FAMILY FIRST Try other female family members such as aunts or grandmothers (like me). Friends or neighbors might be interested, if approached. Lots of people don’t know what Venturing is and might like to get involved if only they knew more about the program.

Crew Committee Member S.G. AUSTIN, TEXAS

MORE THAN MOMS If you have a partner troop, ask the moms of some of the Boy Scouts. Most boys are reluctant to have their moms along on a trip, but many of those moms have the camping skills and a love for

Scouting. (Remember that a lot of moms camped their way through Cub Scouts!) If your chartered organiza- tion is a church, talk to the college or young adult pastor to see if there are any willing 20-somethings. You’d be surprised at the number of folks who would be excited to spend a weekend here or there out in the woods. Advisor A.B.


SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP If you live in an urban setting, check with some groups for young professionals, like lawyers, in your area. Most likely they have up-and- coming young women who would really enjoy an oppor- tunity to go camping.

District Commissioner H.J. DALLAS, TEXAS

SKIP THE SURPRISES Often it is the unknown that holds people back. For each outing, include details on how physically strenu- ous the outing will be, what bathroom facilities are available, what the sleeping

arrangements will be, etc. These things are important to inexperienced campers, and knowing before the outing will help them feel more comfortable and prepared. Have a beginners’ campout so they can learn the basics.

Committee Member E.R. MANCHESTER, MD.

THINK BLUE AND GOLD When I was a Venturing leader, we recruited from the local female Cub Scout leaders. Most of them were very glad to serve as event helpers, chaperones and com- mittee members.

Troop Committee Member C.H. PAYSON, UTAH

COMBINE AND CONQUER A solution my crew found was planning a joint trip with another local troop or crew that had adequate adults.

Venturing Committee Member K.S. READING, MASS.

GET HELP GETTING HELP Think outside your crew fami- lies. Ask friends to help ask around for volunteers. Find a former Girl Scout leader who went camping often or a


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