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Local chapter reacts to Boy Scouts accepting girls

Local chapter reacts to Boy Scouts accepting girls

As of March, the Girl Scouts reported more than 1.5 million youth members and 749,000 adult members, down from just more than 2 million youth members and about 800,000 adult members in 2014.

"While numerous programs may be the same - camping and outdoor adventure - when we talk about leadership we know that when girls get to the middle school level, there's research that they tend to sit back, they let the boys lead, and we don't want to see that happen to a whole generation of young women", Barneby said.

"Here's my take on it, particularly the Eagle program you're sent to obtaining the Eagle award in scouting, it's such an awesome program that I think is great that girls now have an opportunity to participate in that". I applaud the activism of the young women who have been pushing for the policy change.

I'm going to have to side with the Girl Scouts on this one.

"This is not about a decline in membership", said Kate Jacobs, spokeswoman for the Pathway to Adventure Council, which oversees Boy Scout activities in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana. Jones feels the decision will allow girls to move through rankings they've never had and gain new experiences. "We unfortunately see it in other places where funds get embezzled for a long period of time". Beginning in the 2018 program year, girls will be able to join as Cub Scouts and eventually be eligible to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest in the organization.

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So, no matter where girls live or what their age or background may be, Girl Scouts can help them develop to their full potential. "Simply put, it's not enough to emasculate men or categorize them as predators or toxic, now we must equate them with girls in order to remove gender differences, and eventually men, altogether". As BSA's Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh stated, "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women".

Even this new move by the Boy Scouts isn't completely inclusive or integrated. Indeed, I've spent the last 15 years explaining my Girl Scout Gold Award to friends, colleagues and prospective employers as the "Girl Scout version" of the Eagle Scout rank. "Really a lot of the things you learn as a Scout and the values stay with you your whole life". Apart from garnering a heavy eye roll from the Girl Scouts, it also begged the question: What can children get from one scouting organization that they aren't already getting from the other?

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Among those displeased with the announcement was 99-year-old Boy Scout volunteer Russ Gremel.

"As far as I know, the USA is the only developed western country that has not fully integrated our two scouting programs", Seiden said in an email to Red Dirt Report.

The members of Maureen Riordan's Girl Scout troop have experienced everything from rafting Colorado waters and zip-lining to computer coding, career planning and pottery.

Earlier this year, the church announced it was pulling 185,000 older teens out of scouting programs. While she is unsure how Boyce, who died in 1929, would welcome the changes to the organization he founded, she says that while Boyce lived in a different era, the principles and spirit of the movement remain the same, regardless of gender. In the Girl Scouts, 30 percent of the content focused on community-oriented activities, compared with 17 percent in the Boy Scouts' book, which focused much more on the self.

Single-sex institutions can be limiting for both boys and girls, Eliot said.

But some confusion has arisen because the announcement is so fresh, some Cub and Boy Scout leaders at Thursday's meeting said.

"They treated it like it was their own bank account rather than the bank account of the cub scouts that had raised they money", Dugan said. "It's nice it's focused on girls - allowing girls to be girls without having to compete with boys", she said.