Girl Scouts Say Thanks, But No Thanks

Eagle Scout Nigel Bailey of Troop 962 St. Andrews Methodist Church has earned all 137 merit badges

Eagle Scout Nigel Bailey of Troop 962 St. Andrews Methodist Church has earned all 137 merit badges

Deliberation over the plan had caused friction between the organization and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, which spilled into public in August when a letter from Girl Scouts President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan that accused the Boy Scouts of trying to bolster dwindling numbers was released. "I'm thrilled because the girls that I work with have said that they had wished the Boy Scout programs were available to them, so now not only can the younger girls and their siblings get involved, but I'm also thrilled that these programs will be available to all children".

Kevin Les Callette, the Development Director of the Delmarva Council for The Boy Scouts of America, said the main goal behind this change is to encourage more family engagement in scout programs.

Eberspeaker said, "Every girl who is a Girl Scout has the opportunity to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. and it is a very prestigious award".

"We think this is an unfortunate decision by the Boy Scouts", Osterlund said.

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The Boy Scouts of America, which was the target of progressive ire over its decades long resistance to changing rules that prohibited gay scouts and troop leaders, has made significant moves to open up its membership in recent years.

In an online blog responding to Wednesday's announcement, the Girl Scouts tightly summed up their response: "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".

Girls will be able to join Cub Scout dens in 2018 and start working their way toward an Eagle Scout ranking come 2019.

Many have rightfully applauded as the Boy Scouts of America have become more inclusive over the past few years. "This is not the first time Boy Scouts has pursued the girl market in an attempt to bolster its membership". The national Girl Scouts Association has about 1.5 million members nationally, down about 500,000 since 2014.

Marjanna Hulet is a Scout leader for a Pocatello-based Venturing program of the Boy Scouts, which is a co-ed program. We remain committed to that ideal as well as the core values and vision of the Girl Scout Movement as established by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. Check out Girl Scouts!

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Girls have been participating in the high school level of the organization since 1971.

Under the Boy Scouts' new plan, Cub Scout dens - the smallest unit - will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls. However, the organization issued a statement that implicitly challenged the Boy Scouts' decision without mentioning it.

Only time will tell how the impact of allowing girls into a known boys club will effect this historic organization. They say allowing siblings to participate in the same organization will be much more convenient for families.

Hulet continued, "I'm just over-the-moon excited for this change".