Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Local reactions to girls being allowed in Boy Scouts

Local reactions to girls being allowed in Boy Scouts

"I think it's really cool, because then my little sister will be able to come, and then maybe some friends that are, like, girls can hang out with me", Scout Jo Jo Crabtree said.

Many scouting organizations in other countries already allow both genders and use gender-free names such as Scouts Canada. The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option of remaining single gender or welcoming both genders. "It would be the same program, girls would be able to earn their eagle scout rank just like boys can now", Brown said. "They can learn the stuff boys learn in Girl Scouts".

The Boy Scouts' board unanimously approved the decision to allow girls into the Cub Scouts program starting next year.

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday they will allow girls to join the organization.

"They're basically taking that same Cub Scout curriculum and throwing it at the girls and we know that that's not really going to work".

Scout Executive Brian Nastase said Boy Scout events and meetings include the whole family.

"I would never want to leave the girls out", Signoretti said. "It's a program that helps develop character based in an outdoor kind of setting". "It doesn't say boys, it says young people".

"We are going to up the game when it comes to serving the girls needs and we have been doing that over the last several years particularly", McKinnon said.

The national Girl Scouts organization stressed the need for a single-gender environment without specifically mentioning the Boy Scouts' decision. From coding to camping, everything we do in Girl Scouts is girl-led and girl-focused. "I think Girl Scouts has definitely made me realize that I have any opportunity I want".

These girls have no plans to leave their Girl Scout troop.

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America, which had sought unsuccessfully to dissuade the Boy Scouts from making this move, said it remained committed to its single-gender mission.

In fact, the changes will eventually open the door for girls to reach the scouts' highest honor, eagle scout.

Sherer says he went around to leaders this summer and asked what they thought of the idea.

Audrey Adamson was a girl scout and carried the legacy long after leaving her troop.

"I have been dreaming of this day for years honestly", said Martin.

On the other hand, Anita King, committee chair for Cub Scout Pack 3 in Saginaw, said she is excited that the Boy Scouts are offering more opportunities for girls.

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