Maybe the Scouts shouldn't be gendered at all. Rather, two youth organizations that promote development and leadership in different ways.
One of my bros was a boyscout in Norway. Boyscouts and Girlscouts joined forces in 1978 there. America is 40 years behind Europe on gender equality.
Scouts are scouts in most countries...there are no boy or Girl Scouts....just scouts. Kids who love life, the outdoors, discovering and doing things in their communities ! How about just "Scouts of America" ?!
To all the people here asking the same antiquated question the answer is...Because some girls would rather catch fish and race soapbox cars then sell cookies and learn how to be a good baby sitter. That's why....The question you should be asking is why not just have Youth Scouts?..Period..And let everyone participate in whatever interests them.
Republican and GOP mentality be like...I remember the good old days... when men were above women and blacks were our servants...waiting for 45 to hate tweet about this...
This is an interesting move. Interested in seeing how this evolves. Will they change the organization's name from Boy Scouts? This could work for some girls.
Boy Scouts of America and GSUSA are 2 seperate organizations. They started with the same ideals, and are both still largely dependent on the volunteers they have. How dedicated, trained and eager their volunteers are.
There are different Troop goals in both organizations. Troops can focus on travel, camping, community service, all of the above and more.
Girl Scouts has a highest award equivalent to the Eagle Scout, which could be debated as the harder award to earn out of the two. Different requirements, but many people don't know about the Gold Award like the Eagle Scout Award. Many parents push their sons to stick with scouting until they reach Eagle Scout, but often parents don't do the same for their daughter's Gold Award.
This could be due to priorities, lack of promotion for the Gold Award, a higher emphasis on scouting achievements for males, or GSUSA falling behind BSA in support for scouting for older girls.
BSA offers more effective trainings for their adult volunteers and more merit badge options. Girl Scouts promotes more hands-on project management leadership and leadership opportunities working with younger peers than BSA.
At the end of the day, the quality of a Troop's program is dependent on their volunteer support and this is where both organizations can struggle. Families are busier often with dual income households, multiple after school activities and many families often aren't getting involved in community service leadership type organizations.
I love both GSUSA and BSA. Cub Scouts was the best for our sons, but after visiting multiple area Boy Scout Troops and joining two different Boy Scout Troops, we failed to find a great fit for our guys.
I think this move is great for interested girls and BSA membership, however would recommend visiting at least a handful of packs/troops to find the best fit for your family.
My daughters already have the best fit for them in Girl Scouts, with longterm goals and they're free to discuss everything girl, focusing on building each other up, and they're still doing the activities (that I know from my BSA training) that the Boy Scouts do and love.
Oh man, like Obi Wan Kenobi, I just felt one million traditionalists' heads explode. People will be cleaning grey-matter-goo off their walls from Texas to Montana and southeast to the Carolinas. #EveryoneWillBeGaySoon
youth male bonding is vital to development of a young man. in the scouts, the fighting and bonding we did on trips would have been severely altered throwing girls in the mix,at that age especially. I am sure the sameissue would arise placing boys in the girl scouts. I dont really understand the purpose of this.
Speaking as an Eagle Scout and lifelong Scouter, I find myself having very mixed feelings about this decision.
On the one hand, I think it's long overdue. I think that it's morally the right thing to do (a consideration whose importance Scouting drilled into me) because the quality of the Girl Scout program unfortunately does not match the Boy Scout program in a lot of towns, and co-ed Scouting works extremely well in other parts of the world.
On the other hand, one of the greatest parts of my Boy Scouting experience was the opportunity to explore what it means to be a man in an exclusively male environment. I know women who participated in Girl Scout troops with robust programs who have said the same about exploring what it means to be a woman. Boys and girls face some unique issues socially and biologically growing up, and I think that there is value in gender-segregated spaces to discuss them.
Overall, I think this is the right decision. I just hope that in pursuing the laudable goal of giving girls the opportunity to benefit from the Boy Scout program, they don't stop providing boys (and girls) a safe place to explore gender-related issues. I would love to see something like a co-ed Scouting program with additional Boy Scout and Girl Scout honor programs attached to co-ed troops.
Is this a step toward gender equality or gender eradication? It is becoming increasingly clear that mere equality is not the desired end of progressivism. Complete control over and manipulation of nature, society,and reality itself seems to be the only thing that will satisfy this appetite for 'progress.' This is not a good end to progress toward. Even tooth decay progresses.