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Tallahassee residents sound off on Boy Scouts accepting girls

Tallahassee residents sound off on Boy Scouts accepting girls”

"Girls in Boy Scouting is not a new concept".

"There will be dens of boys and dens of girls that will come together to form the Cub Scout pack", he said.

Girls will be allowed to take part in female-only cub scout dens using a similar curriculum starting next year.

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.

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

Feick says although the Boy Scouts have allowed girls to be apart of various programs in the past, none of the programs allowed for girls to attain Eagle Scout.

"We don't know what the name of the program at the Boy Scout level will be called".

The Boy Scouts already have their Venturing and Sea Scout programs that have been open to teenage girls for years, and leadership wanted to expand opportunities to girls of all ages, Gardner said. "This is not the first time Boy Scouts has pursued the girl market in an attempt to bolster its membership".

The Boy Scouts were long the target of progressive ire for refusing to change rules it followed for decades that prevented gay youths and leaders from joining the organization. She thinks accepting females into Boy Scouts won't be as good for girls as some people think.

Will Stone, the Scoutmaster of Troop 52, said that having a co-ed program benefits both the girls and boys in his 70-person troop, 16 of whom are girls.

"It's kinda disappointing because one of things I really like about Girls Scouts is that it's all girls and we get to see from women leaders who have really impacted the world", says Senn. Earlier this year, the church announced that it would stop participating in two Boy Scouts programs for teenagers. Girl Scouts provides a safe and inclusive environment that has been proven over the years, she said. 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.

And forming a united pack is important to these families.

Wilcox said this is their membership season which makes it easier for girls to join during this time.



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