Local chapter reacts to Boy Scouts accepting girls

Darrell J. Harris Jr

Darrell J. Harris Jr

Girl Scouts of Western New York Chief Operating Officer Alison Wilcox said in a recent interview that the Girl Scouts were aware the idea was on the table but the Boy Scouts council has not yet reached out to them.

"I got several phone calls and messages yesterday of people texting me, 'When can our girls start?' I was like, 'OK, hold on, '" LeMond said.

The decision to integrate girls into Boy Scouts' programs has been met locally with an unenthusiastic response.

There are 12,000 Boy Scouts in Hawaii, and Thomas Wang leads 45 in his Cub Scout pack in Kaimuki.

When creating a new pack in fall 2018, a chartered organization may form an all-boy pack, an all-girl pack or a pack of boys and girls, says Boy Scouts.

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John Feik is the Scout Executive for the Ozarks Boys Council.

- A day after the Boy Scouts of America announced it will admit girls starting in 2018, the Girl Scouts of the U.S. are responding.

The organization said that its board unanimously approved the decision to allow girls into the Cub Scouts program, which will eventually allow them to earn the prestigious Eagle Scout ranking, after years of requests from families and girls themselves.

These changes aren't necessarily new for the Boy scouts as they already offer a co-ed program for those aged 14-21 known as Venturing.

The Boy Scouts were long the target of progressive ire for refusing to change rules it followed for decades that prevented gay youths and leaders from joining the organization. Girls have different environmental and developmental needs, Wilcox said.

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"We believe we are in this all together and for what's best for the kids", said York.

Pulley said her son, who has Asperger's Syndrome, benefited immensely because of the Boy Scouts. Earlier this year, the church announced that it would stop participating in two Boy Scouts programs for teenagers. "And that makes a big difference seeing how much women are capable of without the influence of male leaders". "So our girls are doing high adventure outdoor activities", she said.

According to statistics, in the United States, 90 percent of female astronauts, 80 percent of female tech leaders, 76 percent of current senators and 50 percent of female business owners are former Girl Scouts.

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