Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas responds to new Boy Scout changes

Girl Scouts of Historic Savannah has something to say to the Boy Scouts: we don't think girls need you. As an LGBT rights campaigner, I would also suggest that this decision facilitates the process of allowing openly trans members into BSA ranks in a more encompassing way.

Leep acknowledges there are people who incorrectly assume that Boy Scouts provides programs and activities that Girl Scouts does not.

The local Girl Scout district has about 5,700 girls and 2,500 adult leaders, Strawser said. "It's a safe space for a girl to be a girl".

The latest shift has created strife between the two scouting organizations, with Girl Scouts officials claiming the Boy Scouts are making the change as a revenue grab, possibly because of dwindling enrollment and financial woes from sex-abuse payouts.

I'm also the father of a 2 1/2 year old little girl who may or may not grow up into a teenager who wants to take part in "girly" activities. The council represents 18 counties in the Big Country area.

"This is a win-win situation for the youth of America", he said. How often they camp, what badges they earn, varies by troop, as the core principle of the Girl Scout program is that troops are girl-led.

As the official announcement rolled out on social media, visitors at the shop and scouting leaders across CT contemplated what a co-ed future could look like for the Boy Scouts.

"I think it's really cool honestly". Sure, Girl Scouts do things like go camping and earn badges, just like the boys do. The womanhood and my Boy Scout identity were at constant odds because the binary nature of the scouting program excluded my very identity from participating. They voted to do this project from a pool of three ideas they came up with on their own; the other two were throwing a party for the community's shut-in elders who might be lonely and hosting an event to teach kids about the important contributions of women in society, from medicine to arts to sports.

Even this new move by the Boy Scouts isn't completely inclusive or integrated. There's nothing wrong with having an organization for boys and an organization for girls. I understand that you've seen dwindling numbers in your membership for years and that you've had to defend yourself against revelations of decades of sexual abuse and want to improve your public image.

I'm going to have to side with the Girl Scouts on this one.

The Girl Scouts say they've known for months that the Boy Scouts were considering opening their ranks to girls. While boys and girls will have the same curriculum and can earn the same awards, they will remain in single-gendered dens.

Under the new plan, Cub Scout dens - the smallest unit - will be single-gender, either all-boy or all-girl. "It's all girls, it's girl-led, it's an environment where girls learn and they thrive, and we know it works".

The Boy Scouts' move to admit girls throughout its ranks is fracturing a mostly cordial coexistence with the Girl Scouts and will escalate competition between the iconic youth groups. Both Jones and Osterlund told NBC Montana enrollment has been steady for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Riordan, the troop leader from Lincoln Park, said she hasn't heard of any Girl Scouts wanting to switch over to the Boy Scouts program, but wondered if some families might do so for convenience if they have both a son and a daughter interested in scouting. The researcher also found girls were presented with more "I'll try" statements or promises, while boys were presented with "I am" or "I will" attitudes. She added that girls do better in a single-gender environment such as Girl Scouts than in co-ed environments. "I mean, he loved boy scouting the whole time he was in", Pulley said.

Rather than altering its message, Margosian said, the Girl Scouts will "double down" with a commitment to empowering girls. "I hope he will enjoy it as much as I hope he will", he said.

Vanessa Coleman

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