Local scout leaders applaud decision to welcome girls into Boy Scouts

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"The churches, the civic clubs that sponsor our units will have the opportunity to allow single gender dens into their Cub Scout programs".

"Our national board, when they voted on this, was unanimous", he said.

Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's chief scout executive, said: 'This decision is true to the BSA's mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Sixteen-year-old Sydney Ireland is among those celebrating the announcement that girls will be allowed to join the Boy Scouts.

Previously, the Boy Scouts had a co-ed venturing program, but this inclusion applies to all programs.

There are over 160 Boy Scout organizations worldwide, but the United States is one of the very few countries that does not offer a co-ed program. From a peak of over 5 million members in the 1970's there are now under two and a half million boys in scouting. This safe space offered by Girl Scouts fosters collaboration instead of competition, and promotes support among girls, enabling them to stretch beyond their limits and transfer valuable knowledge and skills to any environment, both now and in the future.

In 2018, families can choose to sign their sons and daughters up for Cub Scouts. Hannan wrote that it was "reckless" and shortsighted in "thinking that running a program specifically tailored to boys can simply be translated to girls".


Page and other scout leaders have been in various meetings since last December with local volunteers, and at Boy Scout headquarters in Dallas.

The news also received mixed reactions on social media, with some critics calling the move unnecessary and "PC".

Tammy Wharton, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Heartland, sees the coeducation issue differently.

The change, starting from next year, hasn't made everyone happy though. To date, it's attracted almost 9,000 supporters. They said it strained the century-old bond between the two organizations.

If she had been born a few decades later, Parker wouldn't have had to seek out a sub-program of the Boy Scouts for her adventures. For Girl Scouts, a member's ranking is determined by her age and merit badges, while Boy Scouts must meet with a scout master to review their progress, and appear before a board of review before advancing to the next level.

On Wednesday, the Girls Scouts seemed to slyly respond to the BSA decision with a blog post citing the power of the "single-gender environment".

Maybe Boy Scout leaders are unaware that the number of kids unaffiliated with religion continues to rapidly increase in today's society. Three years later, as the group faced criticism from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups, the Boy Scouts formally announced an end to its ban on gay Scouts.

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