Area groups react to Boy Scout decision

Darrell J. Harris Jr

In a unanimous vote by the Boy Scouts of America board, girls will now be allowed in troops after years of requests for the change by families and girls themselves. "We began an investigation, and then once we saw that it was a much more serious problem than we originally were led to believe, we contacted the police". "What happened yesterday is that we have another new competitor". "This is not the first time Boy Scouts has pursued the girl market in an attempt to bolster its membership".

The Boy Scouts already have their Venturing and Sea Scout programs that have been open to teenage girls for years, and leadership wanted to expand opportunities to girls of all ages, Gardner said.

"The values of scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive. Girl Scouts have been in CT since 1912 - a proud history that Mary wants to see continue - independent of the boys. Local chapters will have the discretion to create the girls-only cub scout dens based on demand.

Starting January 2018, girls will be admitted into the Cub Scouts and in 2019 a program for older girls will allow them to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

The lack of a clear program for female Eagle Scouts has earned some wariness from families who are still waiting to see what that program will look like. The council is the largest in the state and growing, she said, with almost 24,000 youth members. "Given our history, as a courtesy, they could have let us know".

The Indian Waters Council is taking about the only stand it can on the major change in policy announced by the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday. The Girl Scout Gold Award has more stringent requirements than the Eagle Scout and is the top-tier credential for high school-age Girl Scouts. "Girls and boys are wired differently - you can't just put out the same curriculum". In doing so, the girls realize that they are able to have a seat at the table, or even at the head of the table and are thereby more confident, self-assured, and ready to compete in the real world.

In fact, what's happening to the Scouts is a microcosm of what's happening to boys around the country - feminization.


In Western New York, the Girl Scouts serve about 15,000 girls and there are 21,000 total members including adults, she said.

Local councils like the New Birth of Freedom Council in south-central Pennsylvania have been receiving feedback for the last few months on the topic, with plenty of it suggesting that there is a desire for families to take their children to one scouting organization. The Boy Scouts' activities were more appealing, more adventurous, Annali said. And there have been deep rifts between leadership and grassroots members over the direction of programming and efforts by many councils to sell summer camps.

According to statistics, in the United States, 90 percent of female astronauts, 80 percent of female tech leaders, 76 percent of current senators and 50 percent of female business owners are former Girl Scouts.

"The Boy Scouts' house is on fire", Garcia wrote in the Huffington Post. "Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA's senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls".

But when the organization halted her participation as a Cub Scout, Sydney sought out co-ed scouting troops. And for some young women, the chance to participate in Boy Scouting programs will give them a chance to pursue their goals in exciting ways. I think the Boy Scout program is unique among the youth programs.

Mixed feelings also were expressed by the president of the National Organization for Women, Toni Van Pelt.

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