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Local scouting community reacts to Boy Scouts changes

13 October 2017

Cub Scout packs can include any combination of all boy or all girl dens.

While Cub Scouts will feature gender specific dens, it's unclear how Boy Scout groups will integrate female troop members moving forward.

He added that he hopes the organization will remove the word "Boy" from its name, and simply be called "Scouts of America". Numerous research studies and countless testimonials clearly recognize that participation in Girl Scout programming has proven highly effective in enhancing leadership qualities - as well as other key indicators of success - for the girls involved.

According to the Boy Scouts of America 2016 Annual Report, there were 1,262,311 boys in Cub Scouts across the country.

But Soto-Harmon believes there is a misconception about what is available in the Girl Scouts.

Joy Wheeler, the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri, said the Boy Scouts' decision to welcome girls could negatively impact their recruitment efforts in the future, but she believes their program is still appealing because it was made for girls, by girls. "Girls and boys are wired differently - you can't just put out the same curriculum".

As many of you are aware, on October 11th, a historical shift occurred in the scouting world when Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted to accept girl members into the Boy Scout ranks at the Cub Scout level. Yet, Boy Scouts has been historically slow to adapt to changing cultural mores which has hurt its standing across the nation, the release points out.

"As gender blurring only increases, it is more important than ever that someone provides a safe environment where boys can be boys, and where their natural talents and tendencies can be affirmed, encouraged and developed by men who can offer a positive role model", said Mark Hancock, the CEO of Trail Life USA. I think the Boy Scout program is unique among the youth programs. Alan Franks, the scout executive with the Pony Express Council, said results from the surveys found parents are interested in a youth development program that can serve the whole family.

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday it will soon be admitting girls to its ranks, but one group in particular is not pleased with the news. Girls have different environmental and developmental needs, Wilcox said. Girl Scouts is tried and true- we deliver the leadership experience for girls.

"A lot of times what we've seen is a Boy Scout comes on a trip or a campout and their sister comes along and they haven't had the same opportunities", Jones said.

The new challenge from the Boy Scouts is only the latest in a string of difficulties faced by the Girl Scouts over the past 15 years. Troops are girl-led and girl-focused, from troop meetings, cookie sales and camping to STEM programming and more.

Every aspect of our programming (local and national) has been created to be girl focused and girl-led. She says the all-girl environment helped her develop.

While the Eagle Scout award is the highest Boy Scout honor, the Girl Scouts can earn their gold award.

Local scouting community reacts to Boy Scouts changes