scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: What about men as Girl Scout leaders?
Kevin Pate (kevinpate@YAHOO.COM
Thu Jun 15 2000 - 10:43:37 CDT
Men can, and do, register in troop leadership
positions within the Girl Scouts. There must also be
an adult female registered with a troop as well.
That is a mandatory requirement of the national
organization. I'm a card carrying Girl Scout adult,
have been for the last six years, will be for life,
because I believe in the program.
There are GS troops in my council that have males
acting as primary leaders or co-leaders or assistant
leaders, with registered female leadership working
side by side with them for the benefit of the girls.
For myself, I am registered in our girls' troop as a
troop committee member, as is another father in the
My spouse and her good friend are registered as the 01
and 02 positions in our girls' troop, roughly the
equivalent of what BSA would call the SM and SA for a
BSA troop. For all practical effects, in our girls'
troop, and in many, many others, the 01 position of
Troop leader is actually very much akin to what in the
BSA is two positions, SM and CC.
If we ever lost our co-leader due to a move, etc.,
either John or I could, and would gladly, serve as a
co-leader, and that would be permissible. But, if
there was another female role model interested in
stepping forward, we'd gladly remain in the 03 slots
Our girls are now age 14. Now, and for many years
prior, even when they were at the Juniors program
level (3rd through 6th grade - think older Bears,
Webelos and brand new Boy Scouts for comparison to BSA
program ages) the girls themselves have operated as a
committee of the whole on troop operations. They have
charted their course, selected their events, badge
work, duty rosters, etc. The adults have exercised a
nay vote only when what the girls wanted did not
comport to Safety-Wise (The GSUSA guidelines akin to
our G2SS), e.g., hold a swim party when there was not
a life guard available.
Our girls have for the past two years, in conjunction
with another troop, planned and hosted, with minimal
adult involvement, two service-unit camp events for
90+ younger girls and their leaders. A GS service
unit is somewhat akin to a partial BSA district in
geographic size and membership numbers. Watching the
girls grow and succeed, and yes, sometimes stumble a
bit in the process as they find their way, have been
some of the best times I have had in Scouting, and
I've had a lot of great times in both the BSA and the
My spouse and her co-leader also serve on the service
unit team as consultants (positions somewhat akin to
BSA unit commissioners) and they are program level
trainers within our council. The other troop father
is an outdoor skills trainer in our council. Beyond
the troop involvement, I serve on a few council level
service committees and task groups and currently serve
on the council's board of directors.
I've heard it's different in some areas of the
country, but here, men are welcome within the local
GSUSA council and respected for their contributions.
I can count on one hand, with many fingers left over,
the few negative comments of "why is there a man
involved?" Far and away the greater number of
comments over the past several years have been "thank
you, I wish more [dads, step-dads, uncles, grandpas,
etc.] would be as interested as you are."
Ok, rambling mode off, I've got some work to do before
I head off to another GS camp tomorrow.
who happily carries membership in both BSA and GSUSA
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