Thanks for sharing your experience; as a Canadian, I didn’t know about Sea Scouts; we have Cadets up here; Navy, Air, Army. Cadets is also a co-ed program; its a “dynamic, structured youth program that offered Canadian youth a variety of interesting and challenging activities?
What if you were told that this same program developed in youth an increased level of self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness?
Cadets are motivated to improve their physical fitness, to work harder at their academic studies and to give back to their communities through volunteerism and citizenship activities.” (From their website)
Sorry, for the sales pitch, but the point is that it’s a Co-ed program. Both my son and daughter participated and grew immensely as people partly because of the training, but also because they were working together as equals in earning promotions and accomplishing tasks.
Gender doesn’t matter in the Cadets; what counts is the child’s willingness to take part and do the work; striving for rank and success is across the board; boys don’t compete against girls; Cadets only compete against themselves working together to ensure each other’s success. Of course there is some competition for rank and other goals, but it’s not between genders.
I frankly don’t understand the need for Boy and Girl scouts any more; why can’t it just be Scouts? The real world doesn’t separate genders; boys and girls, men and women play, work and thrive together. Of course there are differences in skills and needs to a certain degree, but being a good human being requires the same skill-sets for both genders; your own success in Sea Scouts is proof of that. Maybe the Girl and Boy Scouts of America can start working together like adults so that boys and girls can benefit from the good things those organizations have to offer; maybe they can follow the example of the Sea Scouts or the Canadian Cadet program in running a Co-ed program that truly benefits everyone.