Boy Scouts make controversial decision to admit girls

Boy Scouts make controversial decision to admit girls

Parents from the troop have stepped up to fill the leadership positions, and the scouts attended the Camp Bedford Harvest Fun Day Oct. 7.

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.

While the Girl Scouts of San Diego chose not to comment on the Boy Scouts announcement, they do point out that they have an equivalent rank to Eagle Scout, known as the Gold Award, which carries equal prestige even though it is lesser known.

Gentles carried his son's first uniform and patches.

"Believe me when I tell you, it would be disgusting", Gremel said.

The positive feedback was a common theme among patrons. "We believe in our program and believe parents will want an all-girl environment to foster their leadership skills".

The Last Frontier Council is one of over 300 BSA councils across America, and it serves Oklahoma City and much of western and southwestern Oklahoma, with more than 11,000 Scouts and more than 5,000 volunteers and adults. "They're all good core values to have". "Which is leadership development, STEM focus, entrepreneurship, life skills and outdoor experiences that are uniquely built for her".

Shirley said her granddaughter could run with the boys. Absolutely. Girl Scouts has numerous same challenges that any organization of its size would face.

With news of the Boy Scouts' policy shift, national and regional Girl Scouts officials, as well as some of the local families they serve, have criticized the move, saying Girl Scouts already offer a full range of activities to girls and do so in an empowering, confidence-boosting setting. The way things are going it doesn't matter if it's a boy or a girl.

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There, in front of me, stood six young ladies from my Girl Scout troop, holding three binders that, on the surface, didn't look all that interesting.

"My honest gut reaction is a little frustration because I feel we have the best girl programming and leadership programming already", said Mary Barneby, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of CT.

"A lot of times what we've seen is a Boy Scout comes on a trip or a campout and their sister comes along and they haven't had the same opportunities", Jones said. He said the move is a "logical progression" for the organization.

With nearly 60 million girls and alumnae across the nation, it's clear that the Girl Scouts program works.

Both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have experienced sharp drops in membership in recent years.

Boys Scouts will be committed to the same, but now will do so as an organization with what Surbaugh calls "a hybrid model".

Locally, however, girls are becoming more involved in Scouting. It's about what we convey to young women about their achievements and the context in which they pursue them - that they are less valuable, simply because they weren't designed by men. Her brother was a Boy Scout and she thinks there could be enough of a difference in program offerings for both to co-exist. Other leaders have college-age children, but they saw a need to train the next generation of female leaders. "It was overwhelming support that we should move forward". They voted to do this project from a pool of three ideas they came up with on their own; the other two were throwing a party for the community's shut-in elders who might be lonely and hosting an event to teach kids about the important contributions of women in society, from medicine to arts to sports.

By telling young women that they need to earn Eagle Scout rank to get the recognition and benefits it conveys, we are sending a crystal-clear message: To get the respect you deserve for your achievements, you have to join a historically male-oriented organization and meet that group's definition of success.

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