scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Men Girl Scout Leaders
McQuaid Family (McQuaidfam@MEDIAONE.NET
Thu Jun 15 2000 - 08:06:08 CDT
Well, hello all,
Something I know a little about!
I am currently the leader of a multi-year Brownie Troop. I have 1st and
2nd and 3rd graders....A rarity, trust me. I will be adding Juniors, 4th
graders who don't want to go to a new leader in September.
So, now to the answer. Men can NOT register as the "01" primary leader of a
Girl Scout Troop. They may register as assistants, or on the Troop
Committee or as the Cookie Chairperson. I got this from training, and I
believe it is in their version of Guide to Safe Scouting.
For some girls, however, there is a need to develop a healthy relationship
with adult males. Single parent families with no adult males readily
available (i.e. no uncles, grandfathers, unhealthy relationships with dad,
or ones tainted with mom's biased view from an bitter divorce).
Personally, if he breathes, walks upright, correctly uses door knobs as a
means of opening the door, he is on his way to being a helper. Naturally, I
run all of my adults, both GS and BS through the neighborhood checkout...who
knows them how, why, do you trust your kids with them, call around.
But, if he is a good person, has something to offer, I would take them.
Charles River Dist. Commissioner
Boston Minuteman Council
Leader, Troop 4624
Patriots Trail Council
> Subject: What about men as Girl Scout leaders?
> Anybody ever hear of a man being a Girl Scout leader? I haven't...but
> there are some. I absolutely would not let my daughter who is entering
> teens be in a GS troop with all male leadership. Some on this list, may
> have a problem with it, but I do.
> As a parent, we have to make choices....I'll make mine and assist my
> children on making their choices.
> Donna S. Buss (Pack 63, Troop 63 and Cub RT Commissioner)
> Media, IL 61460
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> Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 23:28:22 EDT
> From: Neil Lupton <NeilLup@AOL.COM>
> Subject: Re: What about men as Girl Scout leaders?
> In a message dated 6/14/00 11:20:04 PM, buss_family@HOTMAIL.COM writes:
> << Anybody ever hear of a man being a Girl Scout leader? >>
> I was a Girl Scout leader. So was my wife. We went camping with our
> daughter and other girls and other adult females. No particular problems
> and no complaints by our local GSUSA council.
> As far as taking girls camping with only male leadership, I believe that
> contrary to GSUSA policy although I am not sure. However, in today's
> political climate, a man would have to be the village idiot to take girls
> camping with only male leadership. It is screaming for complaints or
> BTW, I believe that taking a Boy Scout Troop camping with only female
> leadership is not contrary to BSA policy. I think that it is not a
> particularly good idea particularly if it is a routine thing. But, I
> believe it is not forbidden. That reflects the different political
> of girls with adult males versus boys with adult females.
> Best wishes,
> Neil Lupton