The study found that other badges followed this pattern: Boys' badges were more likely to have career-sounding names, but girls' badges required research and critical thinking skills. It's clear the group feels threatened: In August, the president of the Girl Scouts sent a letter to the BSA begging them not to include girls.
"Girl Scouts works. We're committed to preparing the next generation of women leaders, and we're here to stay". "It's a safe space for a girl to be a girl".
"Out of all of the activities in my life, Scouting has been the most important", said Wells.
As Nicole Russell put it, "This decision is not only indicative of the toxic hold third-wave feminism has on large organizations and the people who run them, but demonstrative of a consolidated effort to eradicate the influence of boys and men on society". Every March, all Berkshire County Girl Scouts gather in the Berkshire Mall for their "World Thinking Day" event, where each troop presents a different country and girls "tour the world" to learn about other cultures. The council is the largest in the state and growing, she said, with almost 24,000 youth members.
The Girls Scouts' statement puts it this way: "Girl Scouts is, and will remain, the scouting program that truly benefits US girls by providing a safe space for them to learn and lead".
As the official announcement rolled out on social media, visitors at the shop and scouting leaders across CT contemplated what a co-ed future could look like for the Boy Scouts.
"We really have no idea" how many girls will join, he said. 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. "I just wish it were with the Girl Scouts".
Even this new move by the Boy Scouts isn't completely inclusive or integrated.
"The world is changing and I think it's a good thing", Pulley said.
Gremel is something of a legendary figure in local scouting circles, having served more than 60 years as Scoutmaster for Troop 979, for which he still volunteers.
Regardless of what you might think, Girl Scouts are more than just cookies and crafts. A new program will also allow young girls to pursue the rank of Eagle Scout. Part of the reasoning for the decision was based on the increased number of single-parent households who want to be able to take their children of both genders to the same activity.
But some confusion has arisen because the announcement is so fresh, some Cub and Boy Scout leaders at Thursday's meeting said.
One Cub Master noted the fees recently were raised about $10 per person after much of the recruitment was done (the program generally runs around the academic school year), which also made the timing of the decision to go co-ed curious.
The Boy Scouts' move to admit girls throughout its ranks is fracturing a mostly cordial coexistence with the Girl Scouts and will escalate competition between the iconic youth groups.
The official admission of girls in the Boy Scouts may help boost participation in the organization which has been declining in recent years. Proponents of the Boy Scouts' policy change have emphasized girls' newfound ability to earn Eagle Scout rank as one of the most exciting things about opening up aspects of Boy Scouting to girls.
Shirley said her granddaughter could run with the boys. "We believe in our program and believe parents will want an all-girl environment to foster their leadership skills". "I mean, he loved boy scouting the whole time he was in", Pulley said. Apart from garnering a heavy eye roll from the Girl Scouts, it also begged the question: What can children get from one scouting organization that they aren't already getting from the other?
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