Re: BSA:Women at camp
Charles Schmidt (schmidt@UNIX3.IS.TCU.EDU)
Tue, 6 Dec 1994 09:32:58 -0600
On 6 Dec 1994, Carol Mclane wrote:
> This is my main question. Should Moms go to Camp?
As a Scoutmaster I encourage women to camp with the troop and have one
female assistant scoutmaster (WB trained) who does fairly regularly. My
wife (also WB trained) does too. But I have a hard and fast rule against
mothers camping with us. This is the part where I show my sexist tendencies.
Moms, in their most objectionable moments, can't avoid worrying about their
little boy - whether or not he is eating enough, being treated fairly,
getting enough sleep, warm enough, well enough behaved, being loved
enough by everyone else, and so forth. Most, but not all, Dads are more
inclined to insist on their son's being independent. It is my general
experience that a boy cannot starve to death from Friday night until
Sunday afternoon, but from the occasional phone calls I get from some
mothers, I have had to reevaluate that proposition several times. (The
conclusion has always been the same.) It is a little like the quip that
"A sweater is what a boy puts on when his mother is cold."
So the policy remains - any man or woman with a son in the troop is
welcome, but the moms should stay at home. (From your comment about
complaints, I fear you are dealing with a mom.) At the same time, when
the moms call, listen to them and reassure them, and if they have a valid
suggestion don't be afraid to take it. They do have quite a lot of
experience dealing with boys.
(It goes without saying that the above represents my opinion- perhaps not
humble, but around here I state it as if it were gospel.)
Charles Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org
SM, Troop 64
Fort Worth, Texas
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