Caldwell also says that while this is the first time girls will be part of Cub Scouts, it is not the first time girls have been part of Boy Scout programs. It also said that allowing girls to join will give older girls the opportunity to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
How will north country Scouting groups react to a coming historic change in rules?
Surveys conducted by the Boy Scouts showed strong support for the change among parents not now connected to the scouts, including Hispanic and Asian families that the BSA has been trying to attract. Back in August, the head of the Girl Scouts accused the Boy Scouts organization of a "covert campaign to recruit girls", as a way to boost declining membership. "It is with sadness that I hear about this latest strategy. Unfortunately, that prophecy has proven to be true". Starting next year, the Boy Scouts will create separate boys and girls Cub Scout "dens", the smallest unit available. "The choice is left to individual pack leaders in consultation with their chartered organization".
Though younger girls can now participate in the Cub Scout program and older girls will be able to earn the prestigious Eagle Scout ranking, the tribes will still be segregated.
"At Girl Scouts, we believe and the research shows that girls do better and succeed better, in a one-gender environment and an all-girl environment, Alexandra Reilman, a volunteer experience manager, said". Since 1971, the group has offered coed programs in exploring and venturing.
The announcement drew praise from scouting leaders, mixed reactions from women's groups and indirect criticism from Girl Scouts USA. "Shoot archery is the one thing they have been desperate to do so I went and got my archery certification so I can take them out and do archery", says Hinze.
The Black Diamond Girl Scout Council told WSAZ they do not permit boys to join. "We know girls grow and thrive in this organization". Boys will be boys and girls will be girls (most of the time).
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. She questioned whether that was an issue of concern to boys in the Boy Scouts.
"Families today are busier and more diverse than ever".
The Boy Scouts and The Girl Scouts have been helping American children for more than a century. "We will continue to offer a place where the wildness and the natural tendencies of boys can be encouraged and shaped, for their good and for the good of society". Another option added to the mix will just require more outreach about how Girl Scouts is different.
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