Re: Histroy of Women in Scouting?
Lew Orans (lporans@ONRAMP.NET)
Wed, 27 Nov 1996 18:21:00 -0600
At 02:14 PM 11/27/96 -0700, Jack Kelly wrote:
>1. How and when did women become USA Scoutmasters,
> Cubmasters and Webelos leaders? (Was there a court case?)
No Court case was the direct cause. I have heard that the BSA estimated its
chances and the likelihood of protracted and expensive litigation and said
let 'em on in. When I was a Scoutmaster in the early-70's, few women were
even committee members and were barred from unit leadership (some of you
may remember the tender days of den and patrol dads and the troop auxiliary
By the late 70's/early 80's the barriers were dropped (much to the benefit
of the Movement).
>2. History of women in Scouting in other countries
> than the USA.
In most countries separate Guides and Scouts existed by gender (Girl Scouts
outside the USA were mostly known as Girl Guides -- hence the WAGGGS, the
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts). Many of these
organizations (Guides and Scouts) were brother-sister as part of the same
parent organization. By the late 60's most began to merge and gradually
more and more countries went co-ed.
>3. How and when were girls allowed to join USA Explorers?
> (Did this come about because of a court case?)
I do not believe a court case was involved. In the 60's Explorers began to
invite girls to join in their activites (as was encouraged by the program).
Sometime in the 70's when the program was last given a new look, co-ed
began. I recall these posts in the early 1970's.
>4. First woman Scoutmaster? First woman Assistant Scoutmaster?
> First woman Cubmaster? Also any other firsts.
>Also any other points of Scouting history that has to do
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