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

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

"There's girls who have wanted to be in Boy Scouts forever", Looker says.

CNN reported Wednesday that the National Organization for Women had a mixed response to the Boy Scouts' announcement and is waiting to see how things play out.

Nesheim has worked for BSA for 41 years and says the demand for girls in Cub Scouts programs has gotten more popular. "It would be the same program, girls would be able to earn their eagle scout rank just like boys can now", Brown said.

Like Bozzi, he said having boys and girls in the same organization is a great convenience for families and it allows boys and girls to have the same experiences.

The Boy Scouts have been considering this change for months, despite strong opposition from the Girls Scouts.

The Boy Scouts of America says they made a decision to include girls to help busy families consolidate programs for their children.

"I think it's a little iffy, because we may have some problems with going on camp-outs and stuff like that", Scout Damian Hosmer said.

Scout Executive Brian Nastase said Boy Scout events and meetings include the whole family. "Scouting, we're all into change", Jennifer Walter said. Gulfport resident Alexus Fairley said, "I wouldn't have girls in Boy Scots". "It doesn't say boys, it says young people". "Our expertise is girls, you know, we've got 100 years-worth of experience and we are - we are the G-I-R-L champions", Reed said.

Local Girl Scout leaders didn't immediately return calls, but national leaders have voiced opposition to the decision. Though girls can still join Girl Scouts, some people think joining Boy Scouts would be good for them.

"All of our research shows that girls in an all girl environment have a better opportunity to learn better, quicker to raise their hand, they're quicker to speak up", said Nelson.

In 2016, the Sequoyah Council bestowed him with the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest commendation given by the Boy Scouts of America. "Maybe there are activities with the Boy Scouts the girls would like to do". The local charter partners will choose whether to establish single gender or co-ed packs. "Girl Scouts affords those opportunities, so our girls haven't really felt the need elsewhere to develop those skills".

Girls will be able to start enrolling in Boy Scouts in 2018.

"I think it's exciting". Later the Boy Scouts will create the same type of program for older girls.

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