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Accepting Girls a Welcome Change in Boy Scouts of America Founder's Hometown

13 October 2017

"They're all good core values to have". They say the all-girl environment of the Girl Scouts helps girls grow up with more confidence and independence than in a co-ed environment. "Why not just put them [Boy and Girl Scouts] together and you could probably accomplish more with the kids ..." "There is no boy and girl things". Stone said they've been pushing for full inclusion.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts pledge to be friendly and helpful.

"At Girl Scouts, we focus on the all-girl, girl-led, safe space that makes Girl Scouts the best girl leadership experience in the world".

Our approach to empowering girls and young women, is a proven method for preparing women leaders.

The Girl Scouts of the U.S. have criticized the initiative, saying it strains the century-old bond between the two organizations.

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

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In August, the president of the Girl Scouts accused the Boy Scouts of seeking to covertly recruit girls into their programs while disparaging the Girl Scouts' operations. Indeed, girls have been joining Boy Scout troops for years on a case-by-case basis.

In Western New York, the Girl Scouts serve about 15,000 girls and there are 21,000 total members including adults, she said.

Jan Barker, the long-serving CEO of the Girl Scouts' Heart of Michigan Council, suggested that Boy Scout programming would not be appropriate for many girls. "We are providing this opportunity for the whole family to participate".

However, this is not the first time the Boy Scouts of America has offered a co-ed program. "It was overwhelming support that we should move forward".

Murphy also is concerned that it's a stepping stone to the Boy Scouts becoming a fully co-ed program, which is commonplace in other countries.

In Connecticut and across the country, there has always been interest in girls taking part in the Boy Scout programs.

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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. "She wants to be a part and if they can go one place, and get the same program, why not?"

"I think the Boy Scouts of America is a great program and everybody should have access to its benefits".

Officials from the Girl Scouts did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In part, the motivation is to help families. And there have been deep rifts between leadership and grassroots members over the direction of programming and efforts by many councils to sell summer camps.

Stephen Lewis, the scoutmaster of 30 members in South Windsor's Troop 880, understands that struggle well.

"Only 4 percent right now earn the rank of Eagle Scout", Skelly told VOA. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Neil Armstrong and Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates are just a few notable men who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Or do "boys need time to be boys and girls need time to be girls"? "As a young woman, those opportunities are hard to come by". Even if they find that Girl Scouts don't meet their needs, identifying what you see as a problem in the world and working to change it is exactly what Girl Scouting teaches, and I hope they find fulfilling experiences in the new Boy Scouting programs.

Although Hulet believes the announcement may cause some contention between the two groups, she said the impact wouldn't be significant because BSA programs have remained heavily focused on outdoor activities while GSUSA programs have not.

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Accepting Girls a Welcome Change in Boy Scouts of America Founder's Hometown