Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Girl Scouts Say Thanks, But No Thanks

Girl Scouts Say Thanks, But No Thanks

"I can tell you that there are hundreds and thousands of girls who have done everything their big brothers did in Boy Scouts, but never got the recognition for it because they weren't allow to join", he said.

The Boy Scouts at the national level announced this week that Cub Scout dens will remain single-gender, but the larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to accept both boys and girls.

"I really hope that we don't compete with each other for youth", Smotherman said. One of the things that is our main focus is the leadership development for girls.

"The Boy Scouts' approach is very militaristic and top-down, and I don't know if that's the best environment for girls to feel nurtured", said Barker, whose base is Kalamazoo, Michigan.

"We believe there is a certain power in every girl", she said. "We offer an all-girl, girl-led environment, which girls need".

"We have observed that overall, those in our Scouting family in the Midlands have been in favor of the idea to include girls in Cub Scouting", said Doug Stone, Scouting executive for the council.

"There's not always a care giver at home to leave the other children with", she said.

Douglas has seen something similar happen in the military, as women have taken on roles that traditionally belonged to men. "It will be incredible to say you got Eagle and people know what you're talking about and know the work you put into it".

One question that has come up is what impact this will have on the Girl Scouts, which is a separate organization. "With mixed company, everything changes".

"The girls got little to no actual camp experience except sleeping in a platform tent that was set up for them before they got to camp", she said. "Imagine how different that would be". And yes, the Eagle Scout rank is far more familiar to many Americans than the Gold Award.

She says their group is 40,000 scouts strong and growing; and they believe girls-only scouting offers a unique opportunity. "That's a boy thing, in my opinion", he said.

47ABC - The Boy Scouts of America recently announced they will soon be allowing girls into their Cub Scout program, meaning girls will be able to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Girl Scout officials have suggested the BSA's move was driven partly by financial problems and a need to boost revenue.

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 U.S. was founded in 1912, two years after the Boy Scouts. "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's chief scout executive, said in the statement.

Some of us have the experiences - and badges - to prove it. "We strive to bring what our organization does best - developing character and leadership for young people - to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders", he said. "They reviewed the program types that we were planning on offering", Smith said.

Boy Scouts tell 13 News recent surveys of parents not involved with scouting showed high interest in getting their daughters signed up for programs like Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. "We are providing this opportunity for the whole family to participate". The Troop 2251 committee has discussed the issue and will be making a recommendation for the church council, he said. Do you think the Boy Scouts should be a coed organization? Venturing, Exploring, Sea Scouts and STEM Scouts groups are open to ages 14 to 21.

He says it also allows girls to see their hard work pay off. "Girls and boys are wired differently - you can't just put out the same curriculum".

"Nationally, it is predicted this has the potential to double the size of the Boy Scouts of America", Farrer said.

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