Accepting Girls a Welcome Change in Boy Scouts of America Founder's Hometown

Posted October 14, 2017

I'm the father of two Eagle Scouts and I'm grateful for the leadership and other skills that my son's have learned over the many years of scouting. "What happened yesterday is that we have another new competitor".

This letter is to you, but I'm going to write the Girl Scouts as well.

"The need for female leadership has never been clearer or more urgent than it is today - and only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need for success", the statement says. "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's chief scout executive, said in the statement. Those all-girl dens will be part of larger packs, which will be co-ed.

The addition of girls to the ranks of the Boy Scouts will allow teen girls to obtain the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout beginning in 2019 while younger girls will be able to start in the iconic Cub Scout program. The council is the largest in the state and growing, she said, with almost 24,000 youth members. Their focus is on girls, let them figure it out.

The growth of the Connecticut River Council with the inclusion of girls in the Cub Scouts and Eagle Scout program is unclear. Although Sydney found many co-ed troops - something Mr. Ireland said is common in many places other than American - only the Boy Scouts offer the path to earn the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

Dan Gilbert served on the Boy Scout's Executive Council for 15 years and is now a member of the Advisory Council. There was a wrenching realignment in 2006-2009 that slashed the number of local councils from 312 to 112.

As I noted back in May, "The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod severed its ties with scouting in 2015, and Franklin Graham, the influential evangelical pastor, reacted to the news of the Mormon decision by writing that "all churches" should 'pull out of the Boy Scouts organization completely.'" That suggests that the BSA, which has long enjoyed the backing churches, has been hurt by their new socially progressive policies.

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According to statistics, in the United States, 90 percent of female astronauts, 80 percent of female tech leaders, 76 percent of current senators and 50 percent of female business owners are former Girl Scouts. However, the issue of which organization offers more experience is actually much less important than why it is essential for others to learn and experience activities with other girls.

The local Girl Scout district has about 5,700 girls and 2,500 adult leaders, Strawser said.

"The Boy Scouts' house is on fire", Garcia wrote in the Huffington Post. Her brother was a Boy Scout and she thinks there could be enough of a difference in program offerings for both to co-exist. He tells FOX5 KRBK, "We're two separate organizations and I think the Boy Scouts are looking what we need to do to be successful". It would be very easy to imagine the Mormon church, which has abundant financial resources and awesome organizational capability, is drawing up contingency plans to create its own men's youth program and pull out of the organization rather than continue to tolerate BSA's leftward drift.

Mixed feelings also were expressed by the president of the National Organization for Women, Toni Van Pelt.

In a press release, the 107-year-old Boy Scouts of America said the unanimous decision "comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls", and evaluating the results of "numerous research efforts" which reiterated that. Currently, the Boy Scouts have 2.3 million members, versus the Girl Scouts' 1.8 million.

"This is a win-win situation for the youth of America", he said.

Those groups said the Boy Scouts' new initiative would not weaken their commitment to single-sex programming.