Local councils weigh in on Boy Scouts' admittance of girls

Lloyd Doyle
October 13, 2017

"Families are pulled in several different directions and the opportunity to provide kind of a one-stop shop program for scouting seems to resonate", Smotherman said.

Brownwood Boy Scouts will be allowing.

And a new initiative to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, called STEM, is also open to girls.Ken O'Regan, an Eagle Scout from Wyomissing now living in Washington, called the move to open the Boy Scouts to girls a happy surprise."What's the big deal?" said O'Regan, 28.

The organization said that its board unanimously approved the decision to allow girls into the Cub Scouts program, which will eventually allow them to earn the prestigious Eagle Scout ranking, after years of requests from families and girls themselves. The Boy Scouts ended the ban on openly gay scouts in 2013, and the prohibition on gay troop leaders in 2015.

However, this is not the first time the Boy Scouts of America has offered a co-ed program.

And the title of Cub Scout and Eagle Scout that was reserved for boys, is about to change. "Putting it on resumes, that will always be something that colleges and places of employment will always look at and know that this girl is very impressive and she means business".

"I think the girls will be the ones who lose out in the long run", she said.

"There's so many single parents now, if the organization decides to have a co-ed program with it, you can take them both and they can do their activity together", says Cindy Thomas, Scout parent. "Our program is written for girls, by girls", said Communications and Marketing Manager for the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Gina Dzielak.

"Eagle Scout gets them somewhere on their resume", she said.

Les Callette said, "In both cases, we're not reaching the number of youth and families that we should be, and this is a way we felt we could engage more families in our program, and that's what we wanted to be about".

"All young people, all families can benefit from the Scout Oath and Law", Franks said. Stone said they've been pushing for full inclusion.

There are mixed reactions in San Diego in response to the Boy Scouts of America's announcement that they plan to begin admitting girls in 2018.

The CEO says nothing will change. "I think girls are just as in need of exposure to wilderness experiences".

Older girls who want to be part of the Boy Scouts of America will have to wait until 2019, according to a press release.

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