Re: Females in Scouting
Derleth, Michael (mderleth@ELI.NET)
Mon, 6 Oct 1997 13:57:25 -0400
<...impression that a couple of older male leaders really don't
<want us. Our new charter rep. recently told a female leader,
<our (CC), things will change when her boy moves into boy scouts.
<... Also (said) that she will not be attending during campouts.>
The Scouter I most respect is a female I met a few years back as
our District Executive. She started working at the Council level
in the 70s long before females were allowed to be DE's. She
has ascended to Senior DE status with a large suburban council
near Chicago. There is -definitely- a place for women in the BSA.
As for your Charter Rep who said 'things will change when my son
moves into the troop', the best response I can think of would be
to look straight in her eyes and ask "Why on earth shake up
something running well enough you want your son involved."
Trying to fix a non-existent problem could destroy
the very things that makes the troop attractive.
Of course, while the Charter Partner "owns" the troop, the
Troop Committee is solely responsible for running it. If push
came to shove, the Troop Committee could decide to leave your
current Partner and find another group instead of knuckling
under to any heavy-handed directives from the Charter Rep.
(You didn't say, but if the Charter Rep is not the head of
the Chartering Organization -SHE- could be replaced. Particularly
if you and the others in the troop became good, supportive
friends of the Charter Org. Unless she is in tighter than your
troop with the Organization leadership, you could also ask for
a more enlightened, trainable Charter Rep at your next recharter)
As for her statement that she would -not- be camping with the
troop, all I would say is Thankyouthankyouthankyou ! :-)
Michael Derleth MDerleth@ELI.NET
ASM T14 Vancouver, WA; Eagle Scout; Staff SR-177, Buffalo EC-424
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