Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Money | By Charlene Sutton

Possible conflict between Boy and Girl Scouts

Possible conflict between Boy and Girl Scouts

Local reaction to Boy Scouts.

Following this week's announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that the organization will start accepting girls into the program, Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of CT, issued the following commentary. "I hope he will enjoy it as much as I hope he will", he said.

All of these badges, traits and skills are seamlessly interwoven into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a one-of-a-kind program that helps every G.I.R.L. build 21st century skills through hands-on and learning-by-doing experiences. He and his wife, Megan, began their careers as professional Scout executives with the Boy Scouts in IL in the late 1990s. "We've had competitors come and go and this is yet another competitor", said Girl Scouts Chief Customer Officer Lisa Margosian.

Girl Scout membership is way down-from 2 million in 2013 to just over 1.5 million as reported earlier this year. "We are not trying to replace them", Smith said.

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You won't find the CEO of The Girl Scouts of CT cheering the Boy Scouts decision to allow girls.

As I noted back in May, "The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod severed its ties with scouting in 2015, and Franklin Graham, the influential evangelical pastor, reacted to the news of the Mormon decision by writing that "all churches" should 'pull out of the Boy Scouts organization completely.'" That suggests that the BSA, which has long enjoyed the backing churches, has been hurt by their new socially progressive policies. He had stopped in with his wife of 45 years, Shirley, to pick up introductory badges for their group's 15 new members.

When Matt Skelly was coming up through the Boy Scouts of America in his youth, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout was the ultimate accomplishment. "Girls Scouts does an excellent job getting girls ready for the real-life experiences". Girl Scouts gives girls the opportunity to be a part of an inclusive, girl-led, safe environment where they can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and feel comfortable failing.

"We have research that shows girls really do thrive in an all-girl environment", said L'Oreal Payton, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

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Troop leaders say ultimately it will be up to not only a local leader, but a committee of people and the local chartered church to have the last say on whether girls can join that specific troop, but Michelle Newman lets it be known where she stands. The Boy Scouts didn't make this decision because the Girl Scouts don't already offer an amzing program, and it shouldn't be seen as such.

Among those displeased with the announcement was 99-year-old Boy Scout volunteer Russ Gremel. Older girls will be able to join in 2019 and advance to become Eagle Scouts. Well, as we saw with the integration of openly gay scout leaders, individual packs will have autonomy: They can choose whether to stay all-boy, establish two separate packs, or integrate the two packs together while making provisions for boy and girl dens. And that number is declining rapidly, albeit not quite as rapidly as the Girl Scouts.

From building race cars to programming robots and using resources wisely through environmental conservation and wildlife protection, girls are discovering their passions and using their voices to make sustainable change locally and globally.

An east Alabama troop leader is speaking out on this change. They are also developing traits such as grit, creative problem solving, resiliency and bravery, all while unleashing their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader).

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The organization has criticized the Boy Scouts' initiative, saying it is driven more by a need to boost revenue than a fundamental change in position on the need for single-gender Scouting.

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