Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Women in scouting...
Women in scouting...
Wed, 28 Apr 1999 09:07:24 -0600
I don't know that I would use any language that would seem to exclude women
in a scouting program. Women can add to a program just as much as any man.
The important thing to remember though would be to consider the importance
of "male" role-models in the lives of young men in this age group. The young
men need adult males and their examples to teach them what it really means
to be a "man".
We all learn by examples, and it is difficult for a woman to teach a boy
certain aspects of how to be a man via "example", just as a man cannot teach
a boy what is expected of a man from a woman's point of view adequately. Who
could argue that one gender could provide as much perspective for a boy as
well as what could be provided by two?
To exclude women from a program would be tragic. Many of the best teachers
and leaders are women. The role of example may fall towards the
responsibility of male leaders primarily for reasons of gender