Re: Female in Scouting
Jan Eldridge (JEE143@AOL.COM)
Tue, 7 Oct 1997 10:18:10 -0400
To all those men who think that women have no place in
scouting, I say "To Heck With Them:.
I am a 52 year old, disabled female who loves kids.
I have been involved in scouting for 23 years now. I started
out as a Den leader when my son was two years old.
I stayed there until my son went into Weblos. I then helped
there any way I could. When my son went into Boy Scouts,
I was on the committee, as females were not allowed as
leaders yet. In 1990 when females were accepted as SM's
and ASM's I then became ASM. I was doing the job that
an ASM did, just could not hold the position. I have now
been with this troop for the past 15 years. I have never had
a problem with any SM in our troop. Several times I was
asked to even be the SM. I declined as I still believe that
the SM should be a male. (I have known many femals SM
who have done an excellent job) There are a lot of single
women as head of households and they put their sons into
Scouting so they can have a positive male role model. That
is the reason I put my son into scouts.
I do go on 99% of the camping trips and never have a
problem there. I am also a patrol advisor. I must be doing
something right, as the last 3 out of 4 SPLs have come
out of my patrol. Yes, I expect a lot out of my patrol, but
nothing like when will be expected out of them in later
There have been times when I have been cut down by
older men in scouting, but I just let it roll off my back.
I do not have to live my life for anyone except myself.
As long as the troop and the committee think I am
doing a good job, I intend to stay in scouting. After all
I am trained more than a lot of the men. I have had
fast start, SMF, WB. I have also been on staff for
SMF several years now.
Jan SR39 "I used to be an EAGLE"
ASM Troop 237 Brotherhood
Youth Protection Instructor
Cape Fear Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City