Help me keep that woman
Carey Probst (HCProbst@AOL.COM)
Thu, 1 Dec 1994 01:25:23 -0500
I understand her concerns because my wife had the same concerns when
she was first working with Webelos.
She did Wold, Bear, and was my assistant Webelos leader for our first son,
back when women were not allowed to be Webelos leaders. She did Wolf, Bear,
and Webelos for our second son ( after BSA wised up ). BTW, I was her
assistant for number 2.
She has since served as a Boy Scout Asst. Sm. and for a time as the
Scoutmaster after I retired.
Her problems with camping and Boy Scouts NEVER came from the scouts. The
only complaints about her camping with the troop came from some of the
leaders who probably keep their own wives barefoot and pregnant.
Encourage her to continue in the program. If she is a good leader and works
with the scouts, they will accept her. It is important that you work with
committee and other leaders within the council to see if there are any
there who haven't accepted women yet.
Our troop has one other woman leader who regularly camps with us. The
thing for her is to make sure that she is good at something and can teach it
the scouts. Both of our women have been well accepted by most leaders,
for our current scoutmaster.
In spite of his sexist objections, both have been elected into the Order of
and my wife has advanced to Brotherhood. Our council even has at least 1
It is very important that she receive support from your leaders, especially
meets up with some dinosaur on a camping trip who hasn't accepted women
The only tricky part is the requirement that women have a seperate sleeping
when camping. This is not a problem with tent camping, but may be with cabin
camping in winter. Usually we solve that problem by building a 'room' with
if a seperate room is not available. Most camp rangers will accept that arran
but some may balk if the cabin does not have a seperate room. That has to be
worked out locally.
I wish you luck. If you think is would help, e-mail me directly and I can
wife send a note of encouragement to your woman leader.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City