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Now that Boy Scouts will admit girls, the competition is on

13 October 2017, 03:55 | Randall Craig

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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.

"While we support girls and their families having a variety of options and activities, we vehemently oppose this decision and stand firm knowing that Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls in the world and will remain a separate organization from (the Boy Scouts of America)", the release reads. "Let's face it. We live in a coed society, but we're giving girls the skills and the tools and the resources to be able to, yes the word is to compete, but also to thrive".

Skelly says the Boy Scouts still have a lot to work out before they start welcoming girls into the organization, but he's looking forward to new opportunities not just for himself as a volunteer, but also his family. Now known as the Venture Scouting program, it was formerly the Explorer Scouts when girls were first included in 1969.

Knab's 16-year-old daughter Cassidy, who holds a leadership position in the group, said that imbalance mattered. Likewise, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients rate their general success significantly higher than that of their peers.

Yarbrough was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning. "What they learn in scouting will help them for the rest of their lives".

"Girl Scouts works. We're committed to preparing the next generation of women leaders, and we're here to stay".

Wilcox said this is their membership season which makes it easier for girls to join during this time.

Under the Boy Scouts' new plan, Cub Scout dens - the smallest unit - will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls.

Girl Scouts have been around for more than 100 years, just like Boy Scouts.

Shirley said her granddaughter could run with the boys. "Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind experience for girls with a program tailored specifically to their unique developmental needs".

"We see it as more market competition", Else said, "and that's unfortunate". While many national representatives have criticized the announcement, some lifetime Girl Scouts say it might be beneficial, potentially serving as a wake-up call to the national Girl Scouts organization. The move has rightfully drawn the ire of Girl Scouts of America. "I remember as a kid people would say, 'oh my, the program is going to go down.' But it only strengthened the program, as it did with Rotary when they allowed women in". "Families wanted one program that offers them the ability to bring their sons and daughters together", he said.

"Peter Jones with the Boy Scouts of America Montana Council disagrees".

"We believe there is a certain power in every girl", she said.

"Eagle Scout gets them somewhere on their resume", she said.

"We believe strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides", the GSUSA said, describing itself as "the best girl leadership organization in the world".

"Only 4 percent right now earn the rank of Eagle Scout", Skelly told VOA.

She is among many Girl Scout alumni concerned that camping and other outdoor activities have lost their prominence in the programming now promoted by the GSUSA.

They're not wrong. Achieving Eagle Scout status is a significant accomplishment, and the young men who earn it deserve the respect they get.

The BSA's initiative, announced Wednesday, has already chilled what had been a mostly cordial relationship between the two youth groups since the Girl Scouts of the US was founded in 1912, two years after the Boy Scouts.

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