Girls deserve a shot at Eagle Scout rank

Darrell J. Harris Jr

Darrell J. Harris Jr

We see it a little differently. We are constantly looking at our programming and talking to girls.

One change is clear, though - the groups will be competing against each other for members. "We are not trying to replace them", Smith said.

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. The group unveiled a "Core Business Strategy" that led to the consolidation of councils and shuttering of camps through mergers. The Troop 2251 committee has discussed the issue and will be making a recommendation for the church council, he said. "Boy Scouts doesn't necessarily have the expertise, or frankly, the interest in developing girls' potential".

The Girl Scouts learned back in January that the Boy Scouts were considering opening their ranks to girls, Margosian said. Girls have different environmental and developmental needs, Wilcox said. However, there are many unanswered questions as to the effectiveness the BSA programming will have on girls. "If you can get girls to do that, I think the same thing". "No more glitter, "feelings jars" and "Eating for Beauty" badges". Whether that's true, one thing is certain: Girls Scouts will always have a fundraising advantage. The Girl Scouts have turned away from the outdoor adventures that my daughter wanted. No nighttime campfires were allowed, and no cooking over an open flame, said Sarah Ostrowski Simmons, a former resident counselor at Camp Elliott in Volant, Pennsylvania. "I want my daughter to have the opportunity to camp a few times or twice a summer". We also stand by the value of our program as manifested in years of statistically proven outcomes which demonstrate why a fully immersive single-gender scouting experience offers a powerful and unique choice. The focus on science, technology, engineering and math skills is vital to ensuring that girls are prepared for the marketplace, she said. Of parents surveyed, 90 percent responded positively when asked if they'd be interested in a program like Cub Scouts for their daughters, and 87 expressed interest in a program similar to Boy Scouts for ages 11 to 18, he said.

Girls in Montana will soon be able to join Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts all the way to the rank of Eagle Scout, according to an announcement made on Wednesday by the Boy Scouts of America.

"When you're the father of a young woman who's going to be going off to college, you kind of wish they had the opportunity to make the rank of Eagle", Lewis said.

While there is a rough equivalent in the Girl Scouts - the Gold Award - the honor is not almost as well-known as the Eagle Scout distinction.

Girl Scouts also have a Gold Award, which is comparable to the Eagle Scout. We are the best leadership development program for girls in the world.

"Our son would rather have it just be boys and our daughters were excited to hear about it", Sioux Falls mom April Woody said. Or do "boys need time to be boys and girls need time to be girls"?

The Boy Scouts of America should be proud that they've developed a program that positions young men for success.

Hulet said she is excited about the announcement and agreed with Surbaugh in that the tenets of being a good Scout can apply to both boys and girls. "Girl Scouts remains committed to and believes strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment, creating a necessary safe space for girls to learn and thrive".

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