Girls will soon be able to join Boy Scouts

Local councils weigh in on Boy Scouts' admittance of girls

Local scouting community reacts to Boy Scouts changes

In an effort to continue to move at the speed of today's girl and provide relevant, innovative leadership programs and experiences for girls, this past July, Girl Scouts rolled out 23 new badges in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the great outdoors. "I couldn't disagree more". "Why not just put them [Boy and Girl Scouts] together and you could probably accomplish more with the kids ..." But, as with people and programs like the Girl Scout program itself, there was more than meets the eye. "It's a safe space for a girl to be a girl".

While Girl Scouts grant the roughly equivalent Gold Award, it has arguably not been afforded the same level of recognition among the general public - though that does seem to be changing as the Girl Scouts have gained prominence.

To start, it's worth noting that this move is a commentary on what a awful organization the Girl Scouts has become.

Boy Scouts officials say the shift is not financially motivated but rather a response to requests from parents.

"This is not about a decline in membership", said Kate Jacobs, spokeswoman for the Pathway to Adventure Council, which oversees Boy Scout activities in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana. "If they don't, they don't have to", Conrad said. Absolutely. Girl Scouts has numerous same challenges that any organization of its size would face.

Some local families connected to scouting are wary.

"The girl scouting program is very different from boy scouting".

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Troop leaders say ultimately it will be up to not only a local leader, but a committee of people and the local chartered church to have the last say on whether girls can join that specific troop, but Michelle Newman lets it be known where she stands.

Besides being scout leaders for Troop 14, Juliet LeMond and Lauren Pulley both have sons in the Boy Scouts. Unless it's all about the money...and I think it is.

Moreover, if society expects workplaces where men and women treat each other respectfully, that training has to start with children, Eliot added. But some, including Girl Scouts of the U.S., claim the Boy Scouts are aiming to draw from the existing organization for girls. In 2016, 822,999 boys were in Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts and 136,629 young men and women were in Venturing and Sea Scouts. According the announced plans, starting next year, Cub Scout packs for ages 7 to 10 can be all boy or all girl, with the option of a co-ed pack with girls and boys dens.

Speaking as someone who has kept his Order of the Arrow sash for almost 30 years, the Boy Scouts of America lost my almost all of my remaining respect today.

"There's always been a little bit of 'Is there anything for younger girls, ' and I think that kind of suggestion coming from families has kind of driven this conversation", said Ron Gardner, scout executive for the New Birth of Freedom Council with the Boy Scouts of America.

Wilcox said Girl Scouts is positioned for continued growth.

"If she did (scouts) with boys, would she have had the same voice in that setting?" "We really have no idea" how many girls will join, he said.

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Garcia's daughter, Allyson Rodriguez, 15, said she's participated in robotics events, done community service work and learned about engineering careers during her 10 years as a Girl Scout.

Madeline Fischer, 12, from Leland, speaks to the financial literacy education she's received through her Girl Scouts experience, saying, "I think the most important skills I have developed are money management, communication and business management".

"I wasn't given any grief", explained Mollie Perrot, who was one of the first women to volunteer as a Cub Scout leader in IL in the late 1980s.

Annali Martinez, 8, of Albany Park, said the announcement meant her "dream has come true".

One of those adult volunteers, Teresa Schumacher, helps with Scouts in Troop 68 in Oklahoma City.

As I noted back in May, "The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod severed its ties with scouting in 2015, and Franklin Graham, the influential evangelical pastor, reacted to the news of the Mormon decision by writing that "all churches" should 'pull out of the Boy Scouts organization completely.'" That suggests that the BSA, which has long enjoyed the backing churches, has been hurt by their new socially progressive policies. Among her favorite things: arts, crafts and playing dodgeball.

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