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Historic change: Girls now allowed to join Boy Scouts

12 Octubre 2017, 09:39 | Bibiana Flor

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While girls have been able to participate in limited programs with Boy Scouts in the past, qualifying for Eagle Scouts is a first. Starting next year, the Boy Scouts will create separate boys and girls Cub Scout "dens", the smallest unit available.

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America, which had sought unsuccessfully to dissuade the Boy Scouts from making this move, said it remained committed to its single-gender mission.

Most people say they are against the idea, but local Nesheim says the discussions in Virginia about girls in Cub Scouts have been positive. "And finally the Boy Scouts have taken a look at and have decided this is the right time to do this".

The organization has offered programs that include girls for decades, such as the Venturing high-adventure program and Explorers career-shadowing program.

It's something the board of directors unanimously approved.

"The hardest thing I think you are going to have to know is 4A that's knots", Michael Flicker said while reading from his Boy Scout handbook.

"I have to say I'm disappointed", Girl Scouts of North Texas CEO Jennifer Bartkowski told our sister station WFAA.

The local Boy Scouts are embracing the upcoming change, while the local Girl Scouts respectfully disagree based on reasons they feel scouts should stay single-gender activities.

The Girl Scouts aren't especially happy with the news either. "It could be really great or not the best experience for some girls".

On the BSA website, a press release explains, most families are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing.

Both Bozzi and Chace said they're waiting for instructions from the regional Boy Scout Council on how and when the change will be implemented.

Tammy Wharton with the Columbus, Ohio Girl Scouts said so many young girls will miss out on life lessons that continue to evolve with a focus on science.

"I think it's a little iffy, because we may have some problems with going on camp-outs and stuff like that", Scout Damian Hosmer said.

"I personally think it is fantastic", Signoretti said.

For some families, scouting programs that welcome both boys and girls could be a welcome convenience.

This will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of eagle scout. In 2016, the organization reported 2.3 million youth members, a decrease from 2.8 million in 2012.



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