Boy Scouts of America Breaking Tradition, Allowing Girls to Join

Darrell J. Harris Jr

Darrell J. Harris Jr

"This is not the first time Boy Scouts has pursued the girl market in an attempt to bolster its membership". You're not alone - and based on many social media posts and comments following the announcement of the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow girls into Boy Scouting, it's clear there are a lot of misconceptions about what Girl Scouting offers girls. Even if they find that Girl Scouts don't meet their needs, identifying what you see as a problem in the world and working to change it is exactly what Girl Scouting teaches, and I hope they find fulfilling experiences in the new Boy Scouting programs. Although Sydney found many co-ed troops - something Mr. Ireland said is common in many places other than American - only the Boy Scouts offer the path to earn the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

All of these badges, traits and skills are seamlessly interwoven into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a one-of-a-kind program that helps every G.I.R.L. build 21st century skills through hands-on and learning-by-doing experiences. Sherman said this news is exciting, giving the "stagnating" Boys Scouts of America a shot of needed diversity and inclusiveness. She wants to see girls receive the same opportunity.

According to a press release issued Tuesday, the Boy Scouts of America will allow make all-girl Cub Scout dens in the 2018 programming year. Both Jones and Osterlund told NBC Montana enrollment has been steady for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. 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. As BSA's Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh stated, "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, fearless and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women". The Girl Scouts don't need to "live up to" the Boy Scouts or "step up their game" to be more like Boy Scouts.

"Then about two months ago, our council office was notified by another parent that they thought there was something wrong with the pack's finances", said Dennis Dugan, the assistant scout executive for the Twin Rivers Council, the Boy Scout district for northeastern NY.

When Matt Skelly was coming up through the Boy Scouts of America in his youth, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout was the ultimate accomplishment. "What they learn in scouting will help them for the rest of their lives".

"I can't speculate on the Boy Scouts program or what their program is going to be for girls, I just know our program is the best program for developing girl leadership in the world", Bolger said on Thursday. It's a huge part of what my troop does - from caroling in the nursing home to donating food to the Williamstown food pantry as younger girls to completing more complex projects as they grew more mature.

Among those displeased with the announcement was 99-year-old Boy Scout volunteer Russ Gremel. Programs for older girls are expected to be available in 2019.

However, 10News spoke with Girl Scout families who expressed concern about the change. 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. 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.

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

Boy Scout Troop 330 is under the leadership of Scoutmaster Rob Valloric and current Senior Patrol Leader Jarod Korn.

Many are lauding the change as an inclusive and forward-thinking decision.

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