Area groups react to Boy Scout decision

Eagle Scout Nigel Bailey of Troop 962 St. Andrews Methodist Church has earned all 137 merit badges

Starting January 2018, girls will be admitted into the Cub Scouts and in 2019 a program for older girls will allow them to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

"I don't look at the gender rule, I look at what the scouts have to offer and it's about teaching them to be our future leaders..."

According to The Associated Press, Cub Scout dens - the smallest unit - will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls.

"We want to serve all youth".

Gentles carried his son's first uniform and patches. I applaud the activism of the young women who have been pushing for the policy change.

The positive feedback was a common theme among patrons. "They're all good core values to have".

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.

"If she did (scouts) with boys, would she have had the same voice in that setting?" In doing so, the girls realize that they are able to have a seat at the table, or even at the head of the table and are thereby more confident, self-assured, and ready to compete in the real world. The way things are going it doesn't matter if it's a boy or a girl. The move has rightfully drawn the ire of Girl Scouts of America. When it comes to scouting, Wilcox said Girl Scouts is the best positioned girls leadership program nationally and in Western New York.

As the largest girl-led movement in the world, Girl Scouts leverages more than a century of experience in helping prepare girls for real-world challenges while building important and lifelong skills across a variety of industries and disciplines. While not eligible to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, girls have participated in mixed gender opportunities offered by the Boy Scouts such as the Exploring and Venturing programs. The Boy Scouts' activities were more appealing, more adventurous, Annali said. In the early 2000's, the Boy Scouts of America had a membership of roughly 4 million, but membership had dropped to 2.3 million by 2016.

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Dr. Timothy Murphy, a two-time scoutmaster and current member of the Pony Express Council executive board, dislikes the decision, which he believes was made to generate money and boost membership.

While some will say no, they also might wonder why there is so much lament about boys not learning how to behave as young men, and girls missing out on experiences and training unique to young women.

Joni Kinsey, an art history professor at the University of Iowa, has been both a youth member and a troop leader in the Girl Scouts and fought against the possible sale of camps in her region. 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). "It was overwhelming support that we should move forward".

Murphy also is concerned that it's a stepping stone to the Boy Scouts becoming a fully co-ed program, which is commonplace in other countries.

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.

Sydney Ireland, a part-time resident of Bridgehampton who has spent the past four years publicly advocating that girls be admitted as full members of the Boy Scouts, was ecstatic.

Wilcox said Girl Scouts is positioned for continued growth. I suspect that the BSA thinks that this latest move will allow them to get out ahead of the next big culture war battle, which will involve some combination of feminist entitlement and increased transgender acceptance.

Jan Barker, the long-serving CEO of the Girl Scouts' Heart of Michigan Council, suggested that Boy Scout programming would not be appropriate for many girls.

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