Why “Boy” Scouts Are Now Including Girls

Natalie Dearman, Staff Writer

Many are wondering, and confused, as to why many girls are trying to join the Boy Scouts. Recently, BSA has begun allowing girls to join for equal opportunities to achieve the status of Eagle Scout. The new policy was advocated by Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, who pressured the BSA to end the “ban on gays,” as well as the exclusion of atheists.

To address many parental concerns, especially pertaining to overnight outings, Cub Scout members ages 11 to 14 will still remain separated by gender, and leaders of larger packs and older scouts will be able to decide on their own.

While the Boy Scouts’ title currently stands in the USA, in Europe the organizations have been merged, as well as Scouts Canada, with the gender inclusive name to match.

In a recent statement given on the United Nations holiday “International Day of the Girl,” Chief Scout Executives stated that the values of scouting are “important for both young men and women.”

However, since then BSA has been facing pushback from Girl Scouts, that “the need for female leadership has never been clearer.”

Girl Scouts still offers many useful leadership skills, as well as various educational programs. However, they tend to be more urbanized and focused on domestic roles than BSA. Because of this, there have been many young women that have began to desire the more outdoor, survival-based skills offered in BSA, increasing demand for entry.

On the other hand, Girl Scouts includes a status similar to Eagle Scout, called the “Gold Award,” but this award isn’t typically as well known, or as highly revered in society, compared to Eagle Scouts.

The current restrictions are no boys in Girl Scouts, as well as no atheists in Boy Scouts. 

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