Re: Females in Scouting
Edith Kerr (kerr@VISION.NET.AU)
Tue, 7 Oct 1997 12:06:38 +1100
In Australia Scouting is made up of both girls and boys and male and female
leaders. After the last Patrol Leaders training camp the camp organiser
complained that no female patrol leaders attended.
I have yet to see the type of discrimination you talk about in the scouting
movement. I have experienced it at work and on a sporting committee I used
to be part of. I used to work for a company who had 350 employees of which
330 were male. I have found that if you concentrate on giving your best and
ignore the digs and rudeness of the discriminator they generally learn to
appreciate the good value you bring to the situation and in some cases you
may even be able to turn them around to see you as an individual person of
I have also found that the discrimination does not necessarily come from
males and can be even more devastating when it comes from a female. Be true
to yourself but do not allow the discrimination to worry and affect you so
much that your health begins to suffer. If you even suspect that this is
occurring find another scout troop to work with.
Discrimination can be very subtle and sometimes the person doing it is not
aware of it. A good people person may be able to let the discriminator know
and this will be enough to curb it. This won't work with the woman you
describe. It can help if you have a good friend that you can discuss
individual situations with and how best to cope with them.
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> G. P. Gillam wrote:
> At times I get the distinct impression that a couple of older male
> really don't want/like us there.
>From what I see at
> our district level there are a lot of female scouters, maybe more at
> level but still females at boys scout level; even as SM.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City