Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Possible conflict between Boy and Girl Scouts

Possible conflict between Boy and Girl Scouts

"Why not just put them [Boy and Girl Scouts] together and you could probably accomplish more with the kids ..." Then there's the argument that Girl Scouts needs to offer more than arts and crafts and cookie sales.

"The Boy Scouts of America conducted some research and about a year ago it seemed like they would fast-track this notion of allowing girls to join", Farrer said.

Nelles also said she was embarrassed by the harsh tone of some GSUSA statements assailing the Boy Scouts, such as one written this week by Latino civic leader Charles Garcia, a new member of Girl Scouts' national board.

"Girl Scouting is there to provide that encouragement and development for girls to empower themselves". Likewise, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients rate their general success significantly higher than that of their peers. "We might see a couple hundred but not thousands". We're committed to preparing the next generation of women leaders, and we're here to stay. "We believe in our program and believe parents will want an all-girl environment to foster their leadership skills". Even for girls who aren't now participating in Girl Scouts, the move sends a troubling message: You can do more as a girl in a boys' organization than you can as a girl in a girls' organization.

Submitted Photo Girls Scouts Troop 20158 pictured with blankets they made for Roswell Pediatrics are: Robyn Banach, Hannah Riewaldt, Danielle Riewaldt, Kaylee Zeigler, Haileigh Pawlak and Siera Porpiglia. Girls have different environmental and developmental needs, Wilcox said. "With mixed company, everything changes".

"I thought it was a natural progression", said Stephen Gentles, whose eight-year-old son is a new member of a Cub Scout troop in East Lyme. "It has the same benefits that the Eagle Scout Award has".

Eagle Scouts are considered a badge of honor that is recognized beyond the organization: it can help participants get into colleges and open up the door to certain scholarships. "That's a boy thing, in my opinion", he said.

Shirley said her granddaughter could run with the boys.

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The BSA said its decision comes after years of requests from girls to join. "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, fearless and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement.

Daniel Giles, director of marketing and activities for the Greater Alabama Council serving 22 counties in central and north Alabama, stressed that the decision was market-driven. They say allowing siblings to participate in the same organization will be much more convenient for families.

"There is no other place that she can get the whole package", Wheeler said.

"We see it as more market competition", Else said, "and that's unfortunate". The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to remain single gender or welcome both genders. It's about what we convey to young women about their achievements and the context in which they pursue them - that they are less valuable, simply because they weren't designed by men.

"The Boy Scouts' house is on fire" said Garcia, himself a former Boy Scout. Anyone who's had young children in Scouting programs knows that siblings of either gender often attend pack meetings and campouts out of necessity. We offer exciting, challenging programs that allow girls to take the lead in a range of activities-from kayaking and archery to outdoor survival and camping.

Les Callette said it's not just about the awards, however.

"This is a win-win situation for the youth of America", he said. All of our youth deserve to have those values instilled in them.

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