Are there any groups working to change the rules about having female leaders for any event with a girl in it? This really seems like yet another rule that was created without much thought to the specifics of the cub program.
I understand the reasoning once you’re at the age where scouting is a drop-off program, but at the Lion-Tiger level it is defined to require a parent at every meeting. In our pack, it has always been understood that parent attendance is expected for cubs of all levels unless prior arrangements have been made.
It seems so incredibly insulting to tell a father-daughter den that they have to cancel their meeting if their female chaperone has a conflict. If I were a dad, that would be enough to keep me from registering.
In our area, Girl Scouts is strong and outdoor-minded. We’ve had Webelos and older join because they want that Eagle, but the younger cubs have all joined because dads want to do things with their daughters and not be the only guy in the room. The only way we’ve been able to facilitate that is for the girl dens to meet with the same-age boy dens where we might have female leaders. We’ve actually had to group our 3rd-5th grade girls with the boys’ AOL den. This is a bad solution for something that shouldn’t be a problem.
With two of our female leaders leaving the pack this month when their boys age out, we will likely need to disband our girl program and go back to having sisters sit in the corner of their brothers’ den meeting and draw.