Local Scout Leaders React To Boy Scout Inclusion Announcement
Local Scout Leaders React To Boy Scout Inclusion Announcement
Local Boy Scout leaders welcome the decision to allow girls to join
12 October, 2017, 07:56
"That said, I was a Girl Scout until I graduated from high school and wonder how that wonderful organization will be affected".
But the Girl Scouts say they were blindsided by the announcement and their data shows girls thrive when they take risks and experiment in the company of other girls. Existing packs will be able to choose to remain an all-boy, establish a new girl pack, or have a pack that includes girls and boys.
A statement on the Boy Scouts website says girls can join Cub Scouts starting next year.
In a program to be announced next year and projected to start in 2019, girls will follow the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts, which are for ages 11 to 17.
The group's board of directors unanimously agreed to the decision.
The Boy Scouts of America made headlines today after announcing their decision to permit girls to join their program, as reported by CNN.
Bob Butler, 57, of Keller, a former troop leader who now serves as an assistant scoutmaster, merit badge counselor and Eagle Scout coach, said he had not read the new policy and didn't know "what to think about this".
"Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts is sort of the same thing but boys do like more like outdoor things, like they go camping", said Alexis Lazdowsky of Scranton.
"There are no plans to change our name at this time", spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said in an email.
"I understand the equality and girls can do anything a boy can do but just confused as to what the goal is behind it", Cathie Roberts said. "We're simply responding to the needs and demands of today's families". "I felt like girls would eventually become a part of Boy Scouts because scouting worldwide is co-ed".
Below you can read the full statements from both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
"I don't think the girls will get the experience that they frankly deserve".
"When I had daughters I'm very excited", said Tye."Everybody is happy when they have their kids, but I knew that wasn't something I'd get to share with them, but now it is, so it's pretty neat".
The Boy Scouts of America now has 2.3 million members.
Vitela said the experience was a complete 180 from Girl Scouts.
In August, the president of the Girl Scouts accused the Boy Scouts of seeking to covertly recruit girls into their programs while disparaging the Girl Scouts' operations. Proud to be a Girl Scout!
"It shaped me and I can't say enough about the program and what it does for young men and now young women", Meyer says.
Girl Scouts was created two years later in 1912.
According to Boy Scouts, a survey of parents not involved in scouting revealed strong interest in involving their daughters in the program, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts.
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