Local Boy Scout council says announcement to include girls is family-focused

Local Boy Scout council says announcement to include girls is family-focused

The Boy Scouts will soon be adding girls to their ranks. Existing packs may choose to form a new girl pack, one that consists of girls and boys, or have only boys. Cub Scout packs, which are larger and include a number of dens, will have the option to welcome both genders.

Most people say they are against the idea, but local Nesheim says the discussions in Virginia about girls in Cub Scouts have been positive.

Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday it will now be including girls in cub and boy scout programs.

"The single-gender environment we offer at Girl Scouts creates an inclusive, safe space where girls are free to explore their potential and take the lead without the distractions or pressures that can be found in a coed environment", she said.

The decision received unanimous approval by the organization's board of directors. "Kudos to our national leadership, bringing Scouting in the United States in line with World Scouting Movement". "To say they can join [Boy Scouts], for me personally I'm not going to do that". "I wouldn't say it's for everybody, because if you're going to join scouts there are things you have to do".

He said sisters have joined in for years, but this announcement makes it official and gives them a chance to have their own meetings and events.

Mann's son Bret, 11, said he has fun when girls attend the events. He expressed enthusiasm at the possibility that the changes could draw hundreds of thousands more girls into BSA ranks over the coming years.

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The Boy Scouts of America says "Families today are busier and more diverse than ever".

Surveys conducted by the Boy Scouts showed strong support for the change among parents not now connected to the scouts, including Hispanic and Asian families that the BSA has been trying to attract.

Etzenhouser said computer and tech fields are important to expose boys to as well.

But will this affect local girl scouts?

There are already co-ed organizations through the Boy Scouts of America. "Some girls they think boys are better than them".

According to Boy Scouts, a survey of parents not involved in scouting revealed strong interest in involving their daughters in the program, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts. From a peak of over 5 million members in the 1970's there are now under two and a half million boys in scouting.

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