Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Girls allowed to join Boy Scout programs

Girls allowed to join Boy Scout programs

Most people say they are against the idea, but local Nesheim says the discussions in Virginia about girls in Cub Scouts have been positive.

We spoke with Stephanie Cortez, with the local Girl Scout program.

"There's not a lot of modifications in the program we expect to make but this is in a little bit of a pilot stage program at this point", Harding says.

Existing Cub Scout packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens, or remain an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender.

With change comes critiques, but nothing a scout can't handle.

Signoretti said he and his wife have led the pack for many years with his youngest son entering Boy Scouts, so he is not sure how much longer he will continue, but he said he is excited about the change.

"I can certainly understand why they would want to be in Boy Scouts".

Additionally, many groups now underserved by scouting, including the Hispanic and Asian communities, prefer to participate in activities as a family. "That's what we want to do", Perez said. "What we're presenting is a fairly unique hybrid model".

Cub Scout camping trips, he noted, were usually family affairs with less need for rigid polices.

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"I don't see from the standpoint of Girl Scouts how it's going to challenge anything that we've been doing", she said.

The group's board of directors unanimously agreed to the decision.

"The Boy Scouts' house is on fire", Garcia wrote.

"There are girls in Venture programs already".

"It's really fun to be with other girls and boys", Jason's daughter Megan said.

On the other hand, Looker says the plan could be good.

In 2015, the Chicago Tribune reported boy scout membership has been falling for a decade.

The chief elaborated further "Families today are busier and more diverse than ever", the BSA statement continued.

He says his daughter may join the boy scouts. NOW said it was inspired by the efforts of a 15-year-old New York City girl, Sydney Ireland, to emulate her older brother, who is an Eagle Scout. "In the USA, 90 percent of female astronauts, 80 percent of female tech leaders, 75 percent of current senators, and 50 percent of female business owners are Girl Scout alumnae". The empowerment of girls is at the core of its mission. We are the organization creating-through our skill-building Girl Scout Leadership Experience-the female leadership pipeline.

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