Re: MOM and SON, DAD and LAD
Jim Miller Sr. (jjmsr@LSFCU.ORG)
Thu, 18 Jul 1996 09:45:00 +0000
PC or not Pc: that is not the question.
As I mentioned in another post, I pressured our committee to change from Lad & D
ad to some other name, and they came up with Akela/Cub Weekend.
As I stated in that post, a lot of the youngsters today don't have a Dad around.
Should we make them feel "unwelcome" with Mom, or Uncle, or big brother?
I don't think so. Children without one or both parents can be very sensitive ab
out the issue, so why not change the name to avoid embarassing them.
From: Peter Farnham
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 1996 9:50 PM
To: Jim Miller Sr.; Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
Subject: Re: MOM and SON, DAD and LAD
I was struck by the comment about not using the term "Mome and Me" and
"Dad and Lad" when referring to these fun weekend events. Our Council
switched to "Parent/Son Weekends" about two years ago as well. There are
a couple of possibilities about the change. I'd like to think the switch
was primarily to benefit the boys--with M&M or D&L weekends, maybe dad
wouldn't be available the weekend a D&L was scheduled, but mom was--or
vice versa. Thus, it makes it more possible that a parent would be
vice versa. Thus, it increases the chances that on a camping weekend,
a parent will be available. A less reasonable explanation (at least to
me) is that someone decided that the terms weren't politically correct,
and it was better to go to a gender neutral term. Is there anyone out
there who can shed some light on this?
Speaking more generally, I took my son on a D&L weekend a couple of years
ago, and we had a pretty good time of it. I recomend these weekends all
the time to cub families I know, particularly if they've not done much
camping before. So, whatever they call them, go and enjoy; they're a lot
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
James J. Miller, Sr. <JJMSR@lsfcu.org>
President, Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union
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