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Leadership in women within the scouting association

Jul 15, 2015

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Leadership in women within the scouting association

Women within the Scouting Association

History Baden Powell got his idea for scouting from his time spent in the army. He trained soldiers in "scouting," and taught them how to develop experience in stalking, how to fend for themselves, as well as being observant of all signs that would give them advantages.

Baden-Powell conducted an experimental camp in 1907 for boys and taught them these exact skills.

In1908 the scouting movement for boys was created.

In 1910, Baden-Powells sister Agnes organized the Girl Guides as a separate organization.

Girls have been admitted to the Scout association since 1976 when they were first allowed to join the Venture Scouts section for 16 to 20 year-olds. This expanded to the entire organization in 1991; although the decision to admit girls was optional, it has been compulsory since 2007, although religious preferences can be accommodated. 2Facts and figuresAccording to the latest census, there are 83,363 female members aged between 6 and 25

There are over 40 million members between the ages of 6-26

7 million adults are involved in Scouting worldwide36,565 adult women involved in leadership 2% of the worlds scouts are female

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Found in 121 countries and territories4Aims of scoutingencourage self-respect, confidence, leadership, teamwork, creativity, environmental awareness and community involvement, and there are plenty of events and activities in which everyone can get involved together

Example of a rover crewIve been fortunate to have had an equal amount of men and women within my scouting movement6THE SCOUT LAW

A Scout is trustworthyA Scout is loyal

A Scout is helpfulA Scout is friendlyA Scout is cheerfulA Scout is considerateA Scout is thrifty

A Scout is courageousA Scout is respectful

A Scout cares for the environment

Here we see some common attributes of being a member of the scouting associationThese qualities that are imparted while being a Scout member carry over to everyday life.Theses are also qualities that are beneficial to being a leader within Scouts and also valuable to leadership in other capacities.

A Scout tells the truth. s/He keeps his/her promise to the best of their ability7

A part of a scout caring for the environment is park warden & fire warden dutiesNot everyone can do this and only a select few get chosenSafe burnings isn't for everyone as there are risks involved- accidental clearing and possible bushfire and harm to you self are three of the main risks involved.

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There are not many female fire wardens found as its a dangerous job and considered mans business.This specific weekend there were only 3 female wardens myself being one of them.Fire got out of control, as they do. However people this weekend were not taking the right safety precautions9Responsibilities of a leaderRunning exciting, challenging weekly and weekend programmes

Part of the responsibilities of being an adult leader isRunning exciting, challenging weekly and weekend programmeswhich attract new members and retain existing ones.

You always have to be on your toes with this one and have activities planed at least a month or two in advanced. A challenge can be running a new activity that older scouts may have done the previous year10Supervise and provide the instruction, assistance and testing of youth members in skills appropriate to the program

A huge part of being a leader is teaching and assessing There are competition camps which are held over long weekends.- say goodbye to the social life you had

Learning how to tie knots and work with the elemental objects surrounding you is a huge assets to haveBasic maintenance on tents and equipment teach respect for ones personal belongs as well as others

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Learning how to navigate using natural landmarks, maps,compasses and an innategeneral sense of direction 12

Enhance the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual and emotional growth and personal development of all youth members by ensuring their participation in interesting programmes

Enhance the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual and emotional growth and personal development of all youth members by ensuring their participation in interesting programmesCamp set ups are an important thing to remember Plan within a camp activity log bookLists all equipment along packed Lists meals that will be prepared therefore you can construct a shopping list13

There are still a certain amount of tasks which are believed to be the Female leaders job.As a leader I believe in breaking down those irrational beliefs and giving everyone an equal opportunity. Cooking isnt just a womans job, its an important skill for everyone human to have. 14Overcoming and embracing fears

Often both leaders and scouts are faced with situations in which they must both face and overcome fears. Leaders help facilitate this by providing nurtuing and supportive enviroments in which to do soHights treetops activity bas on which you can scale extreme heughtsCanoeing is both a fun and educationaal acitiviy as is raises awareness of water saftey 15Challenges of females in leadershipJackie I was one of the first female Venture scouts in Salford and the first female Queen's Scout in the district. I am strong enough to tell blokes they're wrong and show through my actions that I am as good as, if not better than some blokes. it was usuallythe older ones who looked down their noses, including the Chief Scout Michael Walsh. He was a bit shocked at my attitude when I told him that I was as good as a bloke as a scout leader. It was 1983, don't think he was used to strong, Confident young women with attitude!Yesterday at 05:52Like1

Question postedon the 1st facebook scout groupGiving a talk for international women's day. Here's a few questions Id like to ask all female leaders: what are some of the challenges being a female leader? What are the benefits? Why is it rewarding to you? Please help me out

16Charlotte1. Ladies fit uniform! It most certainly doesn't.2. Unwanted comments from a Scout at group camp. Something along the lines of 'she just needs to get some' was said as I turned away from asking him to be quiet. I wanted to sort it out myself but hadto find a male leader to intervene before I lost the plot. 3. Benefits mainly involve being a leader full stop. The little moments when a Beaver will come up to me with their writing or their model and want to explain to me, and only me what they have done. Pride.3 March at 22:56EditedLike1

A lot of these women suffered from sexism from their male counterparts during their time within the Scouting movement. However as time progressed during their terms as Scout leaders these women managed to prove they were equally capable.17JulianneFor me personally:Older males in the movement not treating myself and other women 'right' or fairly.

Ive learnt how to be 'stronger' in voice and im no where near as shy as i was beforeIve made some really cool/awesome people and quiet a few of them will be mates for life.

Seeing my YP succeed and do things they didn't think they could do!3 March at 22:25Unlike5

PrincessBeing female and built like my charges, I get hit on accidentally by them sometimes and then mocked by the (new) male leaders for feeling uncomfortable. That's probably the worst. Generally I don't face issues solely for being female; issues arising because of my stature/strength, though, are a different matter. The only other adults who've judged me incapable because of my sex are some of the newer male leaders (generally also parents only of boys), and that wears off the second they see I can do everything they can do, oftentimes better.

I really enjoy doing the "soft"/"feminine" welfare things (homesickness, menstrual issues, mental health...because all of those are female problems, amirite? ), as I tend to teach the "harder", more practical program elements and I expect moderate discipline. It's good for me to interact with the youth in all kinds of ways, and it's good for them to start to understand that the strict leader most certainly isn't heartless.Yesterday at 00:56Like

JackieI was one of the first female Venture scouts in Salford and the first female Queen's Scout in the district. I am strong enough to tell blokes they're wrong and show through my actions that I am as good as, if not better than some blokes. it was usuallythe older ones who looked down their noses, including the Chief Scout Michael Walsh. He was a bit shocked at my attitude when I told him that I was as good as a bloke as a scout leader. It was 1983, don't think he was used to strong, Confident young women with attitude!Yesterday at 05:52Like1

My own experience within the Scouting movement also unfortunately included instances of sexism and inappropriate behavior from my male counterparts. I had to prove myself worthy enough to use certain tools and perform certain actions that were deemed to be a mans job.

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Under close supervision I was taught useful skills like how to use power tools and concrete and render.Being an active member and leader also means ater learnig these skills I can eventually pass them on to future generations21Fun opportunities

Now of course not everything in leadership is serious and there are plenty of opportunities to explore new areas and try new fun activities This is Mudbash an adult camp for 18 -26 it comes under cams racingFillies event (all girls) we took a corner too fast and ended up rolling over22

There are Many other racing events that I can attend all over Australia Last year fortunate enough to compete with my new crewFirst time racing in 2 yearsI earned my stri