Local councils weigh in on Boy Scouts' admittance of girls

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Asked if the Girl Scouts would be opening their program to include boys, the answer was an unequivocal "no".

Nonetheless, Girls Scouts will continue to empower girls like they have for more than 100 years. An official with the Allegheny Highlands Council said the group will adhere to the guidelines. The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to remain single gender or welcome both genders.

Mark Conrad, scout executive for the Texas Trails Council of Boy Scouts, said it's up to each pack on whether to allow girls.

Cub Scout dens will be singleā€gender, either all boys or all girls. In 2016, 822,999 boys were in Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts and 136,629 young men and women were in Venturing and Sea Scouts.

Older girls who want to be part of the Boy Scouts of America will have to wait until 2019, according to a press release.

"It's responding to our families and it's responding to the people in the community who say they want their girls to have a program like we offer in scouting", he said.

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But Soto-Harmon believes there is a misconception about what is available in the Girl Scouts. "BSA's declining membership has been well-documented, as well as other significant challenges it faces".

"Scouting changed my son's life". I think the Boy Scout program is unique among the youth programs.

"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", the statement says. "Our program is written for girls, by girls", said Communications and Marketing Manager for the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Gina Dzielak. Girls have different environmental and developmental needs, Wilcox said. She thinks accepting females into Boy Scouts won't be as good for girls as some people think. Earlier this year, the church announced that it would stop participating in two Boy Scouts programs for teenagers.

"With more scouts, boys and girls, we're going to be looking for more parent volunteers to help as leaders", he said.

Allie Senn, Media Team member, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. She added that girls do better in a single-gender environment such as Girl Scouts than in co-ed environments.

"There's not always a care giver at home to leave the other children with", she said. The organization's highest honor is the Gold Award, similar to an Eagle Scout honor.

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