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Leadership in women within the scouting association

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These are the slides from Elise's presentation from our International Women's Day event on her experiences as a leader and educator within the scouting movement.

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Leadership in women within the scouting association

  1. 1. Women within the Scouting Association
  2. 2. 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-Powell’s sister Agnes organized the Girl Guides as a separate organization.
  3. 3. Facts and figures  According 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
  4. 4. Aims of scouting  encourage 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
  5. 5.  THE SCOUT LAW  A Scout is trustworthy  A Scout is loyal  A Scout is helpful  A Scout is friendly  A Scout is cheerful  A Scout is considerate  A Scout is thrifty  A Scout is courageous  A Scout is respectful  A Scout cares for the environment
  6. 6. Responsibilities of a leader  Running exciting, challenging weekly and weekend programmes
  7. 7.  Supervise and provide the instruction, assistance and testing of youth members in skills appropriate to the program
  8. 8. Learning how to navigate using natural landmarks, maps, compasses and an innate general sense of direction
  9. 9. Enhance the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual and emotional growth and personal development of all youth members by ensuring their participation in interesting programmes
  10. 10. There are still a certain amount of tasks which are believed to be the Female leaders “job”.
  11. 11. Overcoming and embracing fears
  12. 12. Challenges of females in leadership  Jackie 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 usually the 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 05:52 · Like · 1
  13. 13.  Charlotte  1. 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 had to 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 22:56 · Edited · Like · 1
  14. 14.  Julianne For 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 before Ive 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 22:25 · Unlike · 5
  15. 15.  Princess Being 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 00:56 · Like
  16. 16.  Jackie 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 usually the 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 05:52 · Like · 1
  17. 17. Fun opportunities
  18. 18. Famous Australian women in scouting history  Sue Anne Webster – Magician  Sally Browne – Fashion Designer/Inspirational Speaker  Catriona Noble - Managing Director of McDonald's Australia  Helen Sham-Ho – Former NSW MP  Georgina Sutton – Qantas Pilot
  19. 19. Other famous women in scouting history  Queen Elizabeth II  Jakobína Magnúsdóttir – First female chief commissioner in Iceland  Mariah Carrey- Singer  Michelle Obama - Presidents wife/ humanitarian  Dakota fanning - actor

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