Girls Joining Boy Scouts Isn't What You Think: Explainer

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"It's news that causes a lot of confusion, and uncertainty about what is best for my child, girl in this case", said Joy Wheeler, the CEO Of Girl Scouts Of N.E. Kansas And N.W. Missouri. Even after girls are admitted into packs, the dens will remain single-sex.

Girls are now part of four scouting programs - Venturing and Sea Scouting, geared toward outdoor activities; Exploring, a career-oriented mentoring program; and STEM, focusing on science and math. Girl Scout officials have suggested the Boy Scouts' move was driven partly by a need to boost revenue.

"Families today are busier and more diverse than ever", the BSA statement continued.

The Boy Scouts of America will be fully inclusive for girls for the first time in its almost 100-year history, its leaders announced Wednesday, the latest move to adapt the organization's rules in an era of declining membership.

The 17-year-old Troy High senior, named one of Girl ScoutsÕ 10 National Young Women of Distinction, is in her Placentia home on Weds., Oct 11.

The organization says this will create convenient programs for whole families, as well as spark interest in demographics "underserved by Scouting".

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) chief executive Michael Surbaugh said in a statement: "We believe it is critical to evolve how our programmes meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children".

"It's not impossible, but I see it strewn with landmines", said Hourigan. This program will enable them to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. That program will allow girls to earn the Eagle Scout rank, and it's projected to start in 2019.

"This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today's families", the BSA said in a press release.

At this point she doesn't have a strong opinion about the Boys Scout accepting girls into their club. "They get to camp out, they'll get to go to summer camp, they'll get to do those things that before they got to do in their individual units but they didn't get to do for boy scouts". While the Boy Scouts have had some co-ed programs throughout its years, this change is a major shake-up of the status quo that has existed for years.

There will still, however, be instances in which boys and girls will be gender-segregated. In August, the New York Times reported that Girl Scouts president Kathy Hopinkah criticized the Boy Scouts, accusing it of launching a "covert campaign" to poach girls in an effort to deflate its own declining membership numbers and finances. "There are no plans to change our name at this time".

The board of directors unanimously agreed on the decision.

The council's largest chartered partner, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced it would not implement the new programs offered by the BSA. Education experts also evaluated the curriculum and content and confirmed relevancy of the program for young women.

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