Boy Scouts of America Breaking Tradition, Allowing Girls to Join

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"We really believe girls and families should have multiple opportunities", said Tish Bolger, CEO of Girl Scouts River Valleys, which serves 30,000 girls in Minnesota, and some of Wisconsin and Iowa.

"I don't look at the gender rule, I look at what the scouts have to offer and it's about teaching them to be our future leaders..."

Under the new plan, Cub Scout dens - the smallest unit - will be single-gender, either all-boy or all-girl.

Gentles carried his son's first uniform and patches. "Looking back, what I appreciate most are the adult volunteers (men and women) who gave their time to guide us in our activities and serve as role models", Sherman said.

The positive feedback was a common theme among patrons.

Troop leaders say ultimately it will be up to not only a local leader, but a committee of people and the local chartered church to have the last say on whether girls can join that specific troop, but Michelle Newman lets it be known where she stands. He had stopped in with his wife of 45 years, Shirley, to pick up introductory badges for their group's 15 new members.

With this change by the Boy Scouts, just imagine their Scout camp. "They're all good core values to have".

"When do the girls get here?" one Boy Scout was heard saying at the start of the meeting.

Shirley said her granddaughter could run with the boys.

Barker noted that numerous older girls in her council were interested in talking about issues such as the sexual-assault problem on college campus. The way things are going it doesn't matter if it's a boy or a girl. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of the Girl Scouts' highest honor, the Gold Award.

In an effort to continue to move at the speed of today's girl and provide relevant, innovative leadership programs and experiences for girls, this past July, Girl Scouts rolled out 23 new badges in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the great outdoors. 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. "It is time that we see everyone equal in rank and opportunity". He said the move is a "logical progression" for the organization. "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".

Both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have experienced sharp drops in membership in recent years. The letter requested that the Boy Scouts work on recruiting the boys who were not members of the Boy Scouts instead of working to gain female Boy Scouts.

Communications manager Kristi Osterlund said while Girl Scouts are not concerned, the announcement will translate to a decrease in enrollment for Girl Scouts. 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.

She's been involved with both organizations and said the leadership skills both teach are valuable. "They still need the same traits", Conrad said.

She is among many Girl Scout alumni concerned that camping and other outdoor activities have lost their prominence in the programming now promoted by the GSUSA.

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And what those Girl Scouts offer the community in return. I suspect that the BSA thinks that this latest move will allow them to get out ahead of the next big culture war battle, which will involve some combination of feminist entitlement and increased transgender acceptance.

The Indian Waters Council is taking about the only stand it can on the major change in policy announced by the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday.

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