Women in Scouting-history/present-course written in 1994
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 28 Nov 1996 11:12:39 -0600
PART I - watch for my second message as this course was too long to send.
I wrote the course in 1994 and presented it and a second edition in 1995.
The feedback was absolutely outstanding, the facts are straight from national.
For the information of those who might want to know - following is my course
outline and the facts that go with it. It is, indeed, the legal cases being
brought against National in regards to female Scoutmasters, (on the East
Coast) that caused National to make a policy change admitting women to
Hope you will find the following helpful - we have received great feedback
and evaluations from our courses.
Please feel free to email me directly for further information.
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WOMEN IN THE 90S
The first woman was registered in the BSA in the New York Area Council as a Den
March of 1930. Women did not do much else in a registered basis, but many women
Commissioners and as field representatives, unofficially.
There were no visible changes to that until 1972. In the fall of 1972, the BSA'
s National Executive
Board announced that that would be the final year in which the Silver Fawn Award
, presented to
women for service to the local Council's Cub Scouting program, would be presente
d and that
those women previously awarded the Silver Fawn would be eligible to receive and
wear the Silver
Beaver Award if they chose to do so.
[ In the history of the Silver Fawn, 1341 awards were presented since 1934 (the
start of the award)
to women whom have done much to serve youth in their communities. The Silver Faw
n was ONLY
awarded to females. ]
In the fall of 1973, the BSA allowed females to serve as Cubmasters. This was t
he first time that
females were given the ability to serve as "primary Scouter" for a unit. Also d
uring 1973 and ending
in around 1976, the BSA conducted several studies into the "idea" that females c
serve in support roles in Troops and in local Councils and Districts other than
in Cub Scouting.
In those years, local Councils were permitted and several did register female me
Commissioners and allowed them to attend basic Commissioner Service Basic Traini
However, they were not allowed to attend Boy Scout leader training courses until
much later. The
first Commissioners were mainly Roundtable Commissioners and Cub Scout Unit Comm
In 1974, Mary Wright became the first National Explorer President after being el
ected to this position
during Exploring's third National Explorer Presidents' Congress in Washington.
leadership, the Exploring program gained three new National Speciality Associati
Enforcement, Law and Government and Medical Exploring. Since 1973, two other fe
have served as National Explorer President. The National Explorer President ser
a voting youth member of the National Executive Board of the BSA as well as voti
ng members in
other key committees dealing with program and support.
After testing it for two years, in 1974, the BSA hired its first female Educatio
n Executive in Orange,
New Jersey. The following year, 1975, the BSA allowed local Councils to hire fe
males to serve as
Exploring Executives and as paraprofessionals dealing with in-school and Explori
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