Re: Females in Scouting
Susan Best (talarowski@SPRYNET.COM)
Tue, 7 Oct 1997 20:29:09 -0700
On Mon, 6 Oct 1997, Carl Westfall <carl.westfall@CBN.ORG> wrote:
>I consider myself very open to female leaders in Scouting, especially
>a Military town where a good number of the fathers are out to sea. I have
>women provide more than adequate leadership at just about every position. I
>that first so no one will take my following remarks as sexist in any way.
Just because you say a remark is not sexist doesn't make it non-sexist. I do
feel that your remarks which follow are sexist, despite your claim otherwise.
>I do find at the Boy Scout level a bit of a difference. It is constantly
>that Boy Scouts is a "boy run" organization. I have seen a few Troops with
>female Scoutmasters where the boys can feel a little .... shall we say
> At this level, the boys are maturing and relating with each other in ways
>might seem awkward with women leaders around.
Are you saying that with a female SM the troop can't be boy-run? Maybe you
seen some troops with female SM that haven't mastered the boy-run concept, but
there are troops with male SM that also haven't mastered that concept.
If boys are going to grow into men who can comfortabley work with women in the
business world, they are going to need to learn to deal with them. While I
agree that one of the benefits of a good Scouting program is a positive male
role model, I believe that postive female role models are also important.
>This is not to say they are doing anything wrong. We are not taking the boys
>out drinking and talking dirty about women, but I hope you understand what
>trying to say. At some point they need time just with other males.
I don't deny that need; however, it shouldn't be used to exclude half the
population from helping the program or participating with their sons. In some
areas, it can be tough to get parents to help out; don't make it tougher by
Troop 296 Committee
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