Boy Scouts Opens the Door to Girls

By Nancy Flory Published on October 12, 2017

Girls can now look forward to becoming Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously voted yesterday to let girls join their ranks, beginning next year. Not only will young girls be allowed to become Cub Scouts, but older girls will be able to rise to the rank of Eagle Scout. 

The Boy Scouts on Admitting Girls

In a statement on their website, the Boy Scouts said that after receiving many requests from families and evaluating research results, they’ve decided to help families meet the “character development needs of all their children.” 

“The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kinds, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women,” said BSA’s Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children.”

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Cub Scouts are organized as local “packs,” which in have “dens” as smaller groups within them. A pack can be all boys, all girls, or mixed, but the dens will not be co-ed; each den will be boys-only or girls-only. Local scout leaders will decide which of those types of packs will be established.

Girl Scouts Pushing Back

Not everyone’s happy about the change. The Girl Scouts, in a statement on their website, sought to highlight their superiority in training girls to be leaders:

The benefit of the single-gender environment has been well-documented by educators, scholars, other girl- and youth-serving organizations, and Girl Scouts and their families. Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind experience for girls with a program tailored specifically to their unique developmental needs. 

They added, “The need for female leadership has never been clearer or more urgent than it is today — and only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need for success. … We’re committed to preparing the next generation of women leaders, and we’re here to stay.”

Political Correctness?

Many people criticized the Boys Scouts for caving to political correctness in allowing girls to join. 

Others just seemed confused, tweeting, “Whats going to happen to the ‘Girl Scouts’ …. ????

Even Donald Trump, Jr. got in on the conversation. “Strange, I thought that’s what the Girl Scouts was for???”

The BSA estimates that nearly 2.3 million young people between the ages of 7 and 21 participate in the Boy Scout program. 

In 2018, girls can sign up for Cub Scouts. A program will be announced for older girls that will allow them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. The latter program is expected to be available in 2019. 

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  • KC

    Change the name to “Whatever Scouts”

  • TheSaint4JC

    This is how the Devil destroys America and society… he uses ideas and belief systems… infects the minds of the lost with them and releases these infected human host to spread the poison throughout their society.

    • Greg Olson

      The Devil? Seriously!? Does this sound like the devil? “The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kinds, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women,” said BSA’s Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children.” My son is a cub scout and I am a leader in our pack. Did you know that there are women who are volunteer leaders in cub scouts already? They are the scouts moms! We have a boy cub scout who’s sister loves to do the things we do like outdoor games and hiking and camping. If she joined, then their family has more things to do together! Do you think the Devil wants families to be more cohesive and have fun together? At least in my neck of the woods, most people that I have met in scouting and who are involved, only want their children and the other scouts to have fun, grow in knowledge and character, experience new things, help their community and have quality times with their families. That doesn’t sound much like the Devil to me.

      • Jim Walker

        Then combine both the boys and girls and just call it SCOUTS.
        But the dress code should still remain, boy and girl.

      • TheSaint4JC

        Yes, it’s called blurring the lines and distinctions of the two genders… maybe you haven’t been paying attention to the world lately?

        Girls already have the Girl Scouts… let them continue to have it… and let the Girl Scouts work on building a better program to match the Boy Scouts. It’s as simple as that.

        If they want to enjoy the outdoors as a family, they have and still can do that… as a family… Scouting is about the program, and not about family camp outs. I was a scout too when I was growing up.. and one of the challenges the Scouts gave me was to leave the safety of my family behind for a weekend or week and be with other boys in the wilderness to develop myself. Having your family there removes that sense of adventure and challenge. So, no, I don’t think it’s a ‘great idea’.

        I don’t see the Girl Scouts striving to “equalize” their ranks by bringing boys in…!

        Don’t be such a mindless sounding board for the progressive left and it’s master, Satan.

  • Andrew Mason

    Will boys be allowed to join the girl scouts?

  • James

    Odd that so many conservatives are defending the Girl Scouts after attacking them so often for being liberal, godless, and supporting Planned Parenthood.

    There have been a lot of complaints from a lot of people that Girl Scouts is not providing the same quality of program as Boy Scouts. So Boy Scouts has started a program for girls that is identical to the one for boys. For Cub Scouts, boys and girls will not be in the same dens together.

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