Scouts-L Mail Archive for May of 1999: Men & Women in Scouting
Men & Women in Scouting
Thu, 29 Apr 1999 15:14:07 EDT
Boy, that DE would get an earful from me!
I don't think our place as adult leaders has anything to do with our gender.
Many units could not exist or have the required 2-deep leadership without
women being involved. I do still know of some "good ol' boys" who feel the
woman's place is on the committee or helping out with a fundraiser.
It's too bad that all units don't have a woman or two to go along with them
on outings. I've been camping with Scouts for only 5 years, but I love to
amaze the boys and let them know that "women can do it too". Many boys come
from families where camping is not done and if it is, mom may not "get in the
dirt" along with them. My boys have come to realize that I'm really no
different from a male leader. When they first join my troop and we talk
about male vs. female leaders, I tell them that the only difference between
me and a male leader is that when we go camping, I'm going to have to find a
different tree to use!
Are the Aims and Methods of Scouting gender driven? Can a woman not guide a
boy through his development of character, citizenship and fitness as well as
a man? This is almost the 21st century ---- it's time for some of these men
to either re-program or get out! Women are here to stay and we're not going
My troop is headed by me, a female Scoutmaster, and an Assistant Scoutmaster
who is also a woman. Last summer, we visited a summer camp on Catalina
Island in Southern California. The camp director there had been running
summer camps for over 25 years. At our mid-week meeting, he took me aside
and told me that he had never seen such well-behaved boys and that us two
women were tougher on our boys than any man he ever saw. Believe me, we
don't have "mommy's boys" in our troop, we simply insist that the boys live
the Oath and Law, just like we all talk about.
We do need to teach our young men how to respectfully treat a female. In a
society that has increasing domestic violence against women, we desperately
need to help our boys see that "women are people, too" and help them see that
we are much closer to being the same than some people might think.
Have doubts? Questions? We meet on Monday nights --- you're welcome to come
take a look or join us on an outing. No problem.
Scoutmaster, Troop 26
"and a good ole' Bobwhite, too" WE-41-95