Re: Females in Scouting
Donato, Bruce (BDONATO@LIFETECH.COM)
Mon, 6 Oct 1997 16:36:00 -0400
Please don't leave the cause. Unfortunately I see too much of this in
BSA (and the GSUSA for excluding men). I constantly try to teach my
scouts not to be chauvinistic. My favorite quote to them is that I will
put a female scouter up in skills against 90% of the male scouters and
the female scouter will win. I have 1 or 2 active "moms" who
demonstrate this and encourage more to do the same.
My recommendation is to use this time to search out troops who welcome
women. Remember that you can use this as a way to continue to have the
bond between you and your son as he grows. What I mean by this is that
it probably is worth finding a troop you both like.
As a little aside, I have a good friend of mine who was one of my
students in SMF and she learned several tricks that could be used at the
troop level. She was very afraid to try them because she was a woman.
Eventually I convinced her to do what she knew was right and then ask
for forgiveness. Well she did and never needed to ask for forgiveness,
instead she basically has free reign to try new things (some work, some
don't) and her troop continues to flourish.
The bottom line, discrimination in this form is unacceptable. Change
the world a little at a time and find a troop that you can help. Both
you and your son will be happy you did.
SM T-472 Rockville, Md. NCAC
my son calls me "pokey papa"
Several of us "women" want to remain active in scouting when our boys
up. Our husbands are also involved but we feel like there is room for
too. It's hard to remain positive when some "men" try to intimidate you
we'll do what it takes. My husband back me in this because he is the
who urged me to be a Webelos Leader.
I really would like some positive feed-back no "BS" please! My son is a
first year Webelos Scout so the time for change is not far off.
G. P. Gillam
Pack 164 * Webelos Leader
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City