Deliberation over the plan had caused friction between the organization and the Girl Scouts of the US, which spilled into public in August when a letter from Girl Scouts President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan that accused the Boy Scouts of trying to bolster dwindling numbers was released. According to CEO Beth Traweek, One issue that we wanted to stress is that the Girl Scout Gold Award offers college scholarships, a higher starting rank in our military, and employment advantages to its winners, similar to an Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts, which has seen dwindling membership numbers in recent decades, said that its programs could nurture girls as well as boys, and that the switch would make life easier for busy parents, who might prefer to shuttle children to a single organization regardless of gender.
This past summer, 23 new badges have been introduced to the Girl Scouts including in areas like cyber security, robotics, engineering, and outdoor skills.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts pledge to be friendly and helpful.
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. Jones feels the decision will allow girls to move through rankings they've never had and gain new experiences.
Nonetheless, Girls Scouts will continue to empower girls like they have for more than 100 years.
- Starting in 2018, girls will be able to join the Cub Scouts, the first of multiple changes allowing girls into Boy Scout programs.
The nation has been buzzing after the Boy Scouts of America recently announced a major change to their program.
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"In Venturing, there is a manual in place that has instructions on how to do activities with girls and boys together", Hulet said.
The BSA's initiative, announced Wednesday, has already chilled what had been a mostly cordial relationship between the two youth groups since the Girl Scouts of the United States of America was founded in 1912, two years after the Boy Scouts. We remain committed to that ideal as well as the core values and vision of the Girl Scout Movement as established by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912.
Every aspect of our programming (local and national) has been created to be girl focused and girl-led. Girl Scouts provides a safe and inclusive environment that has been proven over the years, she said. Earlier this year, the church announced that it would stop participating in two Boy Scouts programs for teenagers.
Under the Boy Scouts' new plan, Cub Scout dens - the smallest unit - will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls.
Surbaugh in a tweet said, "Today, the BSA opens a new chapter in our history w/a unanimous vote to welcome girls to Cub through Eagle Rank".
-What opportunities might be available for girls and boys in a coed Boy Scouts organization? "Girl Scouts made a decision to change their focus away from that and removed some of the badges".
Hulet continued, "I'm just over-the-moon excited for this change".