I wasn’t sure whether to put this in Scouting round the World or issues and politics. I’ll go with scouting round the world but won’t mind if the moderators decide otherwise….
I’ve been following the transgender thread with interest, and with the one exception about dealing with periods have held back from commenting, despite being tempted a couple of times.
Both on this topic and previous controversies it is clear that the saying about USA and UK being countries divided by a common language still holds true. There are an awful lot of people in the UK who assume that because we share a language we have more in common with the USA than with mainland Europe. Personally I think they are very wrong, we have more in common with the Germans, Dutch, French and in particular the Danes than we often realise.
That’s by the by.
What I wanted to ask was this. And it’s out of genuine interest and not trying to pick a row.
In just over two years time USA will host the World Jamboree, jointly with your neighbours in Canada and Mexico. Part of the Jamboree experience is home hospitality, where scouts from contingents from all round the world are hosted for a few days by the families of scouts from the host nation either before or after the main camp itself.
Historically the contingents from Western Europe have been among the biggest and scouting in Western Europe is about as liberal as it gets world wide. I think every European national organisation is coed at least at an umbrella level, all where I have heard one way or the other are entirely open to LGBT members and at least 4 are open to atheist members.
With all that in mind how do you envisage home hospitality operating? I will leave that question as open as possible as I am curious.
It would be nice if this didn’t turn into a rehash of gay/trans/coed discussions. I’m simply curious as to how you see it panning out.