Can­di­date slams Boy Scouts’ plan to start ad­mit­ting girls

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By An­thony Man Staff writer

Car­los Reyes, a South Flor­ida Re­pub­li­can can­di­date for Con­gress, ex­pressed out­rage Thurs­day over the Boy Scouts’ de­ci­sion to ad­mit girls.

“Go­ing down this path fur­ther wa­ters down the foun­da­tional val­ues and tra­di­tions that have made the Boy Scouts part of our Amer­i­can life,” Reyes said in a writ­ten state­ment.

On Wed­nes­day, the Boy Scouts said it would ad­mit girls to the Cub Scout pro­gram start­ing next year. The Cub Scout dens will be sin­gle-gen­der, all boys or all girls. The pro­gram­ming will be the same.

Com­ing in 2019 will be a “pro­gram for older girls that will en­able them to ad­vance and earn the high­est rank of Ea­gle Scout.”

The Boy Scouts said it was re­spond­ing to re­quests from girls and their fam­i­lies.

“Sin­gle-sex en­vi­ron­ments are the best way for boys and girls to learn,” Reyes said. “As grand­par­ents and par­ents to boys and girls … I be­lieve that boys learn best in an all-boy, boy-led en­vi­ron­ment and girls learn best in all-girl, girl-led en­vi­ron­ment.”

He also said it would hurt the Girl Scouts, “which have served our young girls for so long.”

Reyes dis­missed the move as “a mar­ket­ing ploy that will even­tu­ally fail as more fam­i­lies stay away from both or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

Reyes sug­gested a dif­fer­ent ap­proach. “Rather than re­cruit­ing girls,” he said, “BSA should fo­cus on at­tract­ing more Latino, black and Asian boys from low­in­come house­holds, teach­ing them tra­di­tional val­ues and skills re­quired in life.”

Reyes isn’t alone. The Girl Scouts aren’t wel­com­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Girl Scouts is the best girl lead­er­ship or­ga­ni­za­tion in the world, cre­ated with and for girls. We be­lieve strongly in the im­por­tance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly en­vi­ron­ment that Girl Scouts pro­vides, which cre­ates a free space for girls to learn and thrive,” the group said on its web­site.

aman@sun­sen­ or 954-356-4550


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