Now that Boy Scouts will admit girls, the competition is on

13 October, 2017, 15:56 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • Eagle Scout Nigel Bailey of Troop 962 St. Andrews Methodist Church has earned all 137 merit badges

Girl Scouts plan to remain Girl Scouts, even as Boy Scouts have chose to accept girls. The decision of BSA does not diminish the mission of the Girl Scouts, but reinforces the need to continue our 105 years of experience in providing programming that is relevant to the interests and goals of today's girl.

In its latest momentous policy shift, the Boy Scouts of America will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for older girls based on the Boy Scout curriculum that enables them to aspire to the coveted Eagle Scout rank. Cub Scout packs can include any combination of all boy or all girl dens. However, Farrer said initial discussions to make both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts programs co-ed died down about a year ago.

"I can tell you that there are hundreds and thousands of girls who have done everything their big brothers did in Boy Scouts, but never got the recognition for it because they weren't allow to join", he said.

The company cited studies showing that cultural and economic factors made programs that could serve both boys and girls more appealing to modern families.

-The Girl Scouts say that girls particularly need all-female organizations to really thrive and flourish.

The Boy Scouts of San Diego did not respond to multiple 10News requests for an interview.

"Girl Scouts is the best girl leadership organization in the world, created with and for girls", the organization wrote in the post.

"Peter Jones with the Boy Scouts of America Montana Council disagrees". We remain committed to that ideal as well as the core values and vision of the Girl Scout Movement as established by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. "So our girls are doing high adventure outdoor activities", she said.

Much like the reaction to the BSA's 2015 decision to allow gay troop leaders and the announcement earlier this year to allow transgender troop members, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the changes wouldn't impact its existing programs for young girls and young women.

"I'm not saying girls can't do what boys can do", Dayton said.

The rank of Eagle Scout is a prestigious and widely recognized achievement, one that can have longterm benefits in academic, professional and even military spheres.

Steven Smith, CEO of the Connecticut River Council - the local branch of the Boy Scouts of America, with more than 20,000 scouts in eastern, central, and western Connecticut - emphasized that the integration is meant to complement Girl Scouts. "We're making the opportunity available for them to make that decision", he said.

While there is a rough equivalent in the Girl Scouts - the Gold Award - the honor is not almost as well-known as the Eagle Scout distinction. "In our program there has been sister tag-alongs, they do everything but don't get the badges", Smith said.

"The Boy Scouts' house is on fire" said Garcia, himself a former Boy Scout. "We are not trying to replace them", Smith said. In 2016, 822,999 boys were in Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts and 136,629 young men and women were in Venturing and Sea Scouts.

"We believe strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides", the GSUSA said, describing itself as "the best girl leadership organization in the world". We have the archery set up at our camp.

"Our son would rather have it just be boys and our daughters were excited to hear about it", Sioux Falls mom April Woody said. She acknowledged the group needs to do more to build its visibility.



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