scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Mentoring Young Men
Wayne Mery (vseerror@LEHIGH.EDU
Mon Jun 12 2000 - 15:38:08 CDT
Difficult to decide which great thread/topic to respond to Dale's or
Jim's - so I am going to respond to both posts:
Jack Cudney wrote in follow up to Jim:
> Jim, I certainly have to agree with what you have stated, or
> paraphrased.However, you need to take an additional step or two. We have
> room in scouting for women. That doesn't mean we are going to give them the
> reins. Scouting is family affair. Since we are looking at creaating a
> somewhat coed program, especially for older scouts, we need to create a
> model that shows young men and women what a healthy, normal male and female
> activity looks like. It may differ from what they see at home(single parent
> or dual parent) and certainly doffers from what we see from Hollywood or TV.
> They may not realize that men and women don't always ,1) fight or 2)
> constantly grope each other when they don't have sexually oriented
> conversations. ... As the times change so should the 'model'.
> Jack Cudney
> Littleton, Colo
No doubt, *good* male role models are always in demand and desperately
needed. And Scouting can indeed fill that gap and improve on families
that have both.
But, when a father is missing from the family, *what* determines how
well the males (and females) of that family turn out? It is the
*character* and *morals* of the *mother*, and those that assist in the
development of that child that determines whether the kids turns out
good or bad.
So let me throw this out final thought - I find nothing in the Aims and
Methods of Scouting that talks about male role models at
http://www.scouting.org/nav/about.html - I do see a lot about
Wayne S. Mery (firstname.lastname@example.org -- for vse-l mailing list errors)
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