Re: Women as Scoutmasters
Greg Cohoon (Gregory_Cohoon@OCCSHOST.NLM.NIH.GOV)
Wed, 22 Dec 1993 17:14:00 EST
I find myself tending to agree with Sam -- I don't think that women
should be allowed to be Scoutmasters in the BSA.
Allow me to ellaborate.
Frist, this subject is obviously quite a volitle one, and I don't mean
to offend anyone with what I say. I have had many great experiences
with women leaders, and just because I take the position I'm taking on
women as Scoutmasters, please don't think that I don't think there's
any place for women as leaders in the BSA.
Boy Scouts is for boys. And as Sam mentioned, boys need positive adult
male role models. As a scout, I felt closer to my Scoutmaster than I
would have if he were female. I went to my Scoutmaster for advice --
not just on scouting matters, but on matters ranging from school, to
cars, to girls and everything in between. I would not have been able
to turn to my Scoutmaster in that way if he were female.
As I said earlier, this is not to say that women shouldn't have a role
in the BSA. Besides the Scoutmaster and core Assistant Scoutmasters,
our troop committe is mainly comprised of the mothers. In addition,
our troop has courted several of the scout mothers into considering
signing up as Assistant Scoutmasters. We have yet to have one accept,
but several have giving it serrious consideration. I think that it
would be fine to have women serve in that capacity as well.
If a person -- male or female -- is willing to sacrifice the time and
effort it takes to volenteer for the BSA, I don't want to turn them
away based solely on gender. There are many areas where women can and
should help -- both behind-the-scenes and out-in-the-open. But the
position of Scoutmaster is not one of those positions.
I hope I've not ruffled too many feathers, but I think that the best
policy is to state what you truely believe, rather than what you
percieve to be what others want to hear.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City