Local chapter reacts to Boy Scouts accepting girls

Local councils weigh in on Boy Scouts' admittance of girls

Local councils weigh in on Boy Scouts' admittance of girls

Parents from the troop have stepped up to fill the leadership positions, and the scouts attended the Camp Bedford Harvest Fun Day Oct. 7. A program for older girls - mirroring the Boy Scout curriculum - is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

"I don't look at the gender rule, I look at what the scouts have to offer and it's about teaching them to be our future leaders..."

For example, 17-year-old Ivy Breivogel, from Fuquay-Varina, attests that, "Because of my past 13 years as a Girl Scout, I feel more prepared and more confident in my own abilities to be able to face challenges and work through them".

"We want to serve all youth".

"We've always had female leaders and staff, and I think those are some of the best leaders", said Jeff Allman, the board president of Gamehaven Council, which represents about 2,700 boys in Southeast Minnesota.

The positive feedback was a common theme among patrons.

"If the charter organization, or the pack, or the troop, would like to have girls in their program they can". Indeed, I've spent the last 15 years explaining my Girl Scout Gold Award to friends, colleagues and prospective employers as the "Girl Scout version" of the Eagle Scout rank. "What they learn in scouting will help them for the rest of their lives". "They're all good core values to have".

Shirley said her granddaughter could run with the boys. They issued the directive to be more accommodating to different families. The way things are going it doesn't matter if it's a boy or a girl. But will the move threaten the Girl Scouts? "We know that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led environment", said Andrea Bastiani Archibald, a psychologist who provides expertise on development for the Girl Scouts' national programming.

I'm the father of two Eagle Scouts and I'm grateful for the leadership and other skills that my son's have learned over the many years of scouting.

Faced with a decline in numbers and under increasing pressure from organizations like NOW to modify their rules, the Boy Scouts caved once again.

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With nearly 60 million girls and alumnae across the nation, it's clear that the Girl Scouts program works.

According to the Boy Scouts of America 2016 Annual Report, there were 1,262,311 boys in Cub Scouts across the country. She says the troop is about family, rather than gender.

The initiative has been met with support since the proposal was discussed with local Boy Scout troop leaders in August, he added.

"Expanding the program exposes more people, regardless of gender, to skills and characteristics that make them productive members of society", he said.

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. The century-old program began accepting gay members and adult volunteers into their ranks recently, along with transgender boys in shifts that took entirely too long to become reality.

The Indian Waters Council is taking about the only stand it can on the major change in policy announced by the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday.

Wilcox said this is their membership season which makes it easier for girls to join during this time. In part, the motivation is to help families.

Stephen Lewis, the scoutmaster of 30 members in South Windsor's Troop 880, understands that struggle well.

But there's only one solution and it's easier than you think: Get involved. "As a young woman, those opportunities are hard to come by". "Our program is written for girls, by girls", said Communications and Marketing Manager for the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Gina Dzielak. "I have a lot of respect for their program and what they've accomplished", he said, but "it's the outdoor adventure, camping, community service that all comes in one package that really prepares you for college".

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