No boys for Girl Scouts in area

No boys for Girl Scouts in area

Cub Scout dens will remain single-gender, with all girls or all boys, but Cub Scout packs will have the option to be co-educational.

The decision was celebrated by many women, but criticized by the Girl Scouts, which said that girls flourish in all-female groups.

One member of the Girl Scouts national board called the move "a awful idea" and said the boys' organization was suffering from financial problems and dropping membership attributed to sexual abuse scandals and gender identity and deficient programming.

"If there is a program not being met out there for the girls, and the Boy Scouts are making it available, there's a disconnect there", said Patti Wilson, a lifetime Girl Scout.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts pledge to be friendly and helpful.

"Nationally, it is predicted this has the potential to double the size of the Boy Scouts of America", Farrer said. Jones feels the decision will allow girls to move through rankings they've never had and gain new experiences. While some tell 10News they believe the move is a big step toward gender equality, others worry the plan is actually an attempt to boost falling membership by poaching girls away from the Girl Scouts.

The program for older girls is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

The Boy Scouts of America embraced a historic change with its Wednesday announcement that the organization will allow girls to enroll into the Cub Scouts program next year.

"In Venturing, there is a manual in place that has instructions on how to do activities with girls and boys together", Hulet said. The national Girl Scouts Association has about 1.5 million members nationally, down about 500,000 since 2014.

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Though Cub Scouts rarely, if ever, participate in overnight camping adventures, Hulet said that if Boy Scout troops were to become co-ed, there are simple solutions to avoid any fraternization or inappropriate behavior among troop members.

The new challenge from the Boy Scouts is only the latest in a string of difficulties faced by the Girl Scouts over the past 15 years. Girl Scouts provides a safe and inclusive environment that has been proven over the years, she said. The Boy Scouts ended the ban on openly gay scouts in 2013, and the prohibition on gay troop leaders in 2015.

When it comes to programming, she said, "You can't just have girls be an afterthought". "Rather than fundamentally transform BSA into a coed program, Boy Scouts should work to ensure that it expands the scope of its program to all boys, including those whom BSA has historically underserved and underrepresented, such as African American and Latino boys".

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

Strawser said Girl Scouts were unlikely to stray from their approximately 100-year-old mission empowering girls and that enough parents believe in the organization to maintain it for some time.

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

Surbaugh in a tweet said, "Today, the BSA opens a new chapter in our history w/a unanimous vote to welcome girls to Cub through Eagle Rank".

Those groups said the Boy Scouts' new initiative would not weaken their commitment to single-sex programming.

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