Women as Scoutmasters
Hilding Holroyd (hilding@CATFISH.OCPT.CCUR.COM)
Thu, 23 Dec 1993 09:17:18 -0500
My opinions have been altered on this issue since taking Woodbadge.
I HAD been of the opinion that the ladies should not be in either the
SM or ASM role. I felt, as others seemed to, that the male role model
was tantamount. Of course, growing up in a male dominated family
did influence my thoughts. (7 generations & only 2 women - in the 8th
gen. there are now 6 girls) Also I grew up in Scouting when it was ONLY
At Woodbadge, there was a lady in my patrol (NE-IV-54: YEAH FOXES!!) who was
a registered ASM. I listened a lot to what she said about her involvement.
I was impressed. During the course she had realized how I felt about
women in Scouting, and I had not even opened my mouth to say anything.
By the end of the course, I had changed my mind. I told her about that
change of opinion after the closing banquet when we had some time before
the final ceremony.
Since Woodbadge, I have looked very carefully at my feelings and the need
that is prevailing in the troops. Someone else on the net remarked "better
to have women as SM's than to have NO SM's". I heartily agree with that.
I see the single parent homes. I see the crying need for GOOD role models,
whether they be male or female. There is a need for our youth to see
good family relationships. They can't see that in broken homes or in most
single parent homes. Scouting MIGHT give them a better insight into how
loving families can work, especially if husband/wife pairs are active.
Personally, I would much rather see a male in the role of SM and the ladies,
if they desire, as ASM's. However, if the lady in question is more qualified
than any male around, then by all means get her to do the job and support
(Hmmmm, a little preachy there maybe?? Sorry.)
I still have a difficulty when it comes to camping. A problem arises for me
(Yea, I'm still a bit old-fashioned) when females go camping with the troop,
especially long term camping. I am a bit paranoid about any sorts of
suggestions involving impropriety. People can get their reputations totally
ruined by JUST accusations, where there is absolutely NO truth. And I am
not refering only to Presidents and other political people. [Anyone in public
office who is not morally proper had better watch out!! They deserve any
repercusions that they bring down upon themselves, IMHO] I would want my own
wife, who is a registered leader with one of the local Packs, to go camping
too. This would protect both myself and any ladies around from any sort of
accusations which any disgruntled Scout might raise.
(Yeah, I guess I can get too preachy sometimes, oh well.)
Merry Christmas to all (belated Happy Chanukah to our Jewish Scouters)
and Happy New Year.
Hilding Holroyd Eagle Class '68
Jersey Shore Council O.A.: Japeechin Lodge (Brotherhood)
Whispering Pine District "I used to be a FOX!!" NE-IV-54
Adv. Chairman, Troop 250 31 year veteran and still going ..
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