Re: Marge Menkes and Cub Scout day camp
Stanton Schmidt (sschmidt@HP.UWSUPER.EDU)
Fri, 28 Jun 1991 11:02:14 CDT
> Saturday morning in our Buffalo News there was an article about Marge Menkes,
> who is in court trying to force BSA to allow her to attend a Cub Scout day
> It was pleasing to find that a federal judge rejected her bid. I find it hard
> to believe that most of this was the girl's idea. I also can't believe that
> the parents would take it this far. Why are they complaining? Do they think
> it's sex discrimination? If the girl scouts didn't exist, I could see their
> point. What are the parents trying to prove?
> There are some things that should just be boy-only and some that should be
> girl-only. What do you think?
> Greg Molik
You must be from the stone age or maybe some other planet.
I would like to know why there should be boy things and girl things.
My wife likes to hunt and fish and camp just like I do. I think it makes
for a much more harmonious(?) marriage. We have 2 sons in cub scouts, we
also have 4 daughters. We often take the whole family to scouting activities,
such as daycamp, and pack meetings. Our 2 older daughters have shown no
interest in scouting, but when our 2 younger daughters are old enough and
want to join cub scouts, my wife and I will be there to support them. I am
the current cubmaster and my wife is committee chair. I would support any
girl that wanted to join our pack!
It is interesting that you feel cub scouting is for boys only. Take a look
at the leaders in your local pack. How many are men and how many are women.
Women outnumber men in our pack 2 to 1. ALL of them have jobs besides.
I feel that as long as the child can physically perform the activity he/she
should be allowed the opportunity to do so!!!! If the child is not allowed
the opportunity based soley on sex, it is sex discrimination pure and simple.
Stanton W. Schmidt
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City