Re: Men in GS
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 14:04:36 -0400
Carol A. Hill wrote:
>Because of safety issues he may
>not be able to sleep in the unit we are in, and may have to sleep in the
>bunk house with the cooking staff
Seems poor "Grandpa Joe" is in for an experience very similar to mine. The
Girl Scouts amaze me in this regard. I would have no problem with
restricting their leadership to women, if they chose to do that. My
objection is the evident assumption on their part that all men are dangerous
perverts and cannot be trusted. The existence of this assumption cannot be
denied. Witness the above quote and my previous testimony of my own camping
experience with them. Look also to their policy of requiring a *woman*
present whenever a man is with a scout. It is not enough that another adult
be present, as in Boy Scouting. It *must* be a woman.
Picture, for a moment, the result if a Boy Scout council would require
female scouters to abandon their troop and sleep in the cook shed, or pitch
their tent out of sight of the boys' camp. What if we required a man's
presence whenever a female scouter was working with the boys?
I deeply respect the GSUSA's desire to ensure good female role models. This
is consistent with my beliefs. At the same time, I deeply resent being
implicitly labeled a pervert by the organization.
The other irritant is the apparent lack of consistency in interpreting these
policies. "Grandpa Joe" and I seemed to hit councils in the far reaches of
paranoia while California (big surprise! ;)) seems to place none of these
restrictions. It's like two separate organizations, and you never quite
know where you stand.
So what do we have in the Girl Scouts? Apparently an anti-male bastion of
paranoia with no consistency of policy and no unit continuity and
cohesiveness (as per Kelly Parker's post yesterday and my own experience
with "here today, gone tomorrow" troops). Really, a bit of a mess. I have
ideas on how it could be
fixed, but they aren't terribly realistic and violate the "Zero G3" policy
of the list.
BTW, Carol: By the look of your post, you're innocent in all of this. You
seem to be in the same boat my wife was in when she was forced to make me
pitch camp in Timbuktu. You are, unfortunately, bound by policies inflicted
on you from above.
ASM, Troop 381
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City