Boy Scouts to expand participation of girls

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Big changes are on the horizon for the Boy Scouts of America. "For co-ed groups, it does say that there must be a girl leader when female troops are present and male leaders for boy troop members". Local chapters will have the discretion to create the girls-only cub scout dens based on demand. "What happened yesterday is that we have another new competitor".

Eberspeaker said, "We hope that local girls will still come to Girl Scouts because we are the best program for your daughters and for the girls and we still hope that everyone will still join Girl Scouts and have that all girl environment".

In Connecticut and across the country, there has always been interest in girls taking part in the Boy Scout programs. Under a new plan announced Wednesday, girls will be able to attain the coveted Eagle Scout rank.

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.

Reynoza says for many scout families, if their son joins, their daughter participates too. "We're making the opportunity available for them to make that decision", he said. One man who had earned Eagle Scout honors told 10News he is thrilled by the decision to admit girls. Girl Scouts provides a safe and inclusive environment that has been proven over the years, she said. "Girls and boys are wired differently - you can't just put out the same curriculum". Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA's senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls.

"In Venturing, there is a manual in place that has instructions on how to do activities with girls and boys together", Hulet said. But the new policy isn't a straightforward win for girls. Troops are girl-led and girl-focused, from troop meetings, cookie sales and camping to STEM programming and more.

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Suellen Nelles, who heads the Farthest North Girl Scout Council in Fairbanks, Alaska, suggested that the series of problems caused the Girl Scout leadership to neglect their relationship with the Boy Scouts. "We are providing this opportunity for the whole family to participate". Amy Mountain, director of communications for the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania - which covers the four Valley counties among its 30 statewide - said this week her organization has seen a 38 percent increase in new girls in the new Scouting year, which began October 1.

"The Boy Scouts' house is on fire", Garcia wrote in the Huffington Post.

The Girl Scouts of the US released a statement criticizing the Boy Scouts' decision saying quote, "the Boy Scouts' house is on fire". It should be giving the girls' achievement - which requires working hard to build the same skills we celebrate so publicly in Eagle Scouts - the respect it deserves.

When it comes to programming, she said, "You can't just have girls be an afterthought".

Longtime leader Jon Gulnac has mixed feelings. "Girl Scouts has been the key driver in developing female leadership for more than 100 years, and no one does it better".

Wilcox said Girl Scouts is positioned for continued growth. We remain committed to that ideal as well as the core values and vision of the Girl Scout Movement as established by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. Both Jones and Osterlund told NBC Montana enrollment has been steady for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. I think the Boy Scout program is unique among the youth programs. Most of it was positive.

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