Women as leaders
Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Mon, 27 Mar 1995 16:32:26 MST
As a woman leader in the BSA I feel fortunate now to be able to fill any
leadership position and to participate in troop activities including
campouts. It hasn't always been so, and I well remember how it was before.
When my son was first in the troop, women were *not* allowed on an overnight
campout. The SM's wife (who was the CC) and myself (MC at that time) would
sometimes join the troop when they were camping to share the evening meal and
campfire, and then had to vacate the campsite. I was a single mom and didn't
know much about camping, and now I regret that I never had an opportunity to
share a troop campout with my son.
I feel the policy now that integrates both men and women as leaders in the
program, with the safeguard of two-deep leadership required by YPP, is a much
better reflection on the society that our young people are growing up in.
Today, as a unit commissioner, I have the opportunity to camp with the troops
I am commissioner for and have enjoyed it very much. Both the boys and the
other adult leaders make me feel very welcome and have commented that they
are glad I go with them.
Perhaps GSA is just slower to come to terms with this problem. I would hope
they would look at it from the standpoint that our modern society expects men
and women to work together as cooperating equals, and adult leadership that
reflects this can have a possitive impact on the youth we serve. Twenty
years ago BSA was just as adamant that women could only play a limited role
in troop operations, and today they utilize this resource and the program is
richer for it.
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
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