Scout­ing Is For Girls And Boys

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - Jeff Sulzbach, Aloha Coun­cil’s Scout Ex­ec­u­tive and CEO

Boy Scouts of Amer­ica re­cently made head­lines as its vol­un­teer-led board of di­rec­tors unan­i­mously ap­proved a plan to in­vite girls and young women into Scout­ing pro­grams.

Girls in BSA? Yes, it’s true and it is not new. Since 1971, BSA has served young men and women in its Ex­plor­ing and Ven­tur­ing pro­grams.

Be­gin­ning in July 2018, Cub Scout­ing will be avail­able to both girls and boys ages 5-10. A pro­gram for girls ages 11-17 will be in­tro­duced in 2019 us­ing the same cur­ricu­lum as the cur­rent Boy Scouts pro­gram. This will al­low girls to work to­ward — and earn — Scout­ing’s high­est honor, the Ea­gle Scout award, the re­quire­ments of which will re­main the same.

Ex­ist­ing pro­gram con­tent and ac­tiv­i­ties are ap­pro­pri­ate for boys and girls alike. Ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts have eval­u­ated the pro­gram for young women.

Some big things won’t change, such as rank ad­vance­ment re­quire­ments and youth pro­tec­tion poli­cies. We ex­pect uni­forms will re­main the same, too!

Our mem­bers con­sis­tently tell us that the val­ues, char­ac­ter and lead­er­ship skills taught through Scout­ing are needed for the en­tire fam­ily. We have also heard from the busy moms and dads who want more ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily.

In­de­pen­dent re­search re­in­forces the re­quests BSA has re­ceived from fam­i­lies in­ter­ested in the type of pro­grams that BSA of­fers for their daugh­ters. Ac­cord­ing to the re­search:

• 90 per­cent of par­ents not in­volved with BSA ex­pressed in­ter­est in get­ting their daugh­ter in­volved in pro­grams like Cub Scouts.

• 87 per­cent of par­ents not in­volved with BSA ex­pressed in­ter­est in get­ting their daugh­ter in­volved in pro­grams like Boy Scouts.

We also sought in­put from our vol­un­teers, spon­sor­ing or- ga­ni­za­tions, par­ents, youth-de­vel­op­ment ex­perts and other stake­hold­ers.

With the tran­si­tion, Cub Scout packs will be able to serve both girls and boys. An ex­ist­ing pack may choose to re­cruit girls or re­main an all­boy pack. When cre­at­ing a new pack, a spon­sor­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion may form an all-boy pack, an all-girl pack or a pack of girls and boys.

Each Cub Scout pack is com­prised of small groups called dens — one for each grade. Cub Scout dens will be sin­gle-gen­der — all boys or all girls. Cub Scout packs, mean­while, can in­clude any com­bi­na­tion of all-boy or all­girl dens.

This hy­brid model builds on pro­gram while also pro­vid­ing char­ac­ter and lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for both boys and girls. - teers can tai­lor the ac­tiv­i­ties to meet the de­vel­op­men­tal needs and abil­i­ties of their youth.

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