It was announced yesterday that the Boy Scouts of America would be accepting female members, with programs beginning in 2018 and 2019. As you can imagine, people were both shocked and thrilled by the decision – depending of the person’s political leanings.
What’s interesting, though, is that the Girl Scouts of America are not at all happy about what just went down.
From BizPac Review:
“We learned about this through different channels but never directly from BSA leadership. We’ve had competitors come and go and this is yet another competitor. We’re disappointed in the way BSA handled this,” Lisa Margosian, Chief Customer Officer for Girl Scouts, told BuzzFeed.
JUST IN: Girl Scouts responds to Boy Scouts' decision to admit girls. Here are excerpts of my conversation with an executive. pic.twitter.com/UVQy1z2Wkl
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Reactions, via KDFI:
KFDI News spoke with Muriel Berry, Director of Communications for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. Berry says her initial reaction is one of disappointment.
“We would have preferred to have both national organizations sit down and really have a strong, robust conversation about how we can jointly serve families and continue to be experts in our primary gender areas.” says Berry.
“It’s a disappointing time when an organization goes ahead and makes this type of announcement without talking to the other organization that for years has had a formidable, wonderful partnership.”
More reactions, via Pantagraph:
CLINTON — Ed Cicenas, an assistant cubmaster for Pack 142 in Clinton, remembers hosting a pinewood derby tournament last year.
“We held a powder puff derby and ended up having more girl entries than boy entries for the regular tournament,” he said of Cub Scouts’ tradition of building and racing wooden model cars.
Girls already are a part of Boy Scouts of America activities, he said, so he favors the national organization’s plans, announced Wednesday, to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls with the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.
“It is a controversial decision no matter which way you approach it,” he said. “It’s a natural evolution that is occurring.”
NBC News notes that girls will be allowed to earn the rank of eagle scout:
The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest honor.
“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” said Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts.
The scouting board of directors voted unanimously to make the historic change in an organization that has been primarily for boys since its founding more than 100 years ago.
Starting next year, young girls can join Cub Scout units, known as dens. Local scouting organizations can choose to have dens for girls and dens for boys. “Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls,” the organization said in a statement.
A separate program for older girls will be available in 2019, the Boy Scouts said, enabling them to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts said the moves reflect the changing nature of American life, adding to the appeal of a scouting program that can serve the entire family.
What do you think? Were the Boy Scouts wrong to make this move? Let us know in the comment section…