Yesterday, the Boy Scouts of America-soon to be Scouts BSA-announced they were dropping the word "Boy" from their name for the main program for scouts ages 11 through 17. "Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA's senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls", a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts told ABC News. "Scout me in celebrates the BSA's historic decision to serve families and welcome girls and boys to our programs", the organization stated on its website. "That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts". "Our girls are so strong and so committed to this organization, and we have a bright future ahead", said Patricia Pyke, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage.
While the Boy Scouts organization has been around for a long time, so has the Girl Scouts organization.
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For the last 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been preparing young lads for life, but starting next year, that mission will be extended to include young ladies. According to a news release issued yesterday, the BSA announced their new "Scout Me In" campaign, which will aim at welcoming both boys and girls into their Cub Scout Program.
Ultimately, it is now up to parents to decide if their daughters will join Scouts BSA or the Girl Scouts. In many packs, sisters of Blue Mountain Council's Cub Scouts have been present and participating in Pack meetings and other family events for years.
"So, Boy Scouts is admitting girls and won't be called Boy Scouts anymore". Boys and girls will have the same requirements for all Scout ranks, merit badges, and awards, just as boys and girls now have the same requirements in Cub Scouting, Venturing, Exploring, and Sea Scouts.
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Girls have already started enrolling as Cub Scouts this year; more than 3,000 have reportedly joined so far.
This is one reason BSA made a decision to expand their membership to girls to help families consolidate extracurricular programs.
Futrell said she attended a STEM event at Camp Whispering Cedars a few years ago, where she took part in hands-on experiments.
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"Girl scouts really empowers girls and helps them achieve what they didn't think they could achieve, but then boy scouts gives you a lot of new experiences and adventures", said Neely. "You can't ask little boys to be masculine".