scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Sexism in Scouting
Kevin Simpson (west660@PACBELL.NET
Sun Jun 11 2000 - 22:13:08 CDT
The group has forgotten something in this debate.
While I agree that women not only belong in Scouting but can be great
scoutmasters in the unit, it is not our call as scouters. Remember, the
Chartered Organization has the (near) final say in leadership selection,
unless the Council finds out something that disqualifies the leader.
They can set limits in nearly any way including the religion and gender
of the leadership applicant. History often indicates that this is
exercised: many Roman Catholic church-sponsored troops, for many years,
the scoutmaster was required to be Catholic. In my experience, I
haven't seen any women in scoutmaster or assistant scoutmaster roles in
LDS-sponsored units, and have been told by bishops and Stake officials I
will be hard pressed to ever find that , at least on the west coast. It
is their right to impose that ruling on their leaders since it is their
youth develpment program. What Renaie (please forgive the spelling) and
her husband went through was allowed but what they did was enitrely
appropriate, find a troop that was willing to accept them as leaders.
Used to be a Fox and a good ole' Staffer too