Boy Scouts

Did the board make the right call in al­low­ing girls to join?

Texarkana Gazette - - OPINION - —J. B., Texarkana, Ark.

The Boy Scouts of Amer­ica waded into con­tro­ver­sial waters this week when the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive board voted unan­i­mously to al­low girls to join the Cub Scouts be­gin­ning next year.

As they progress, older girls will be al­lowed to achieve the Scout’s high­est honor of be­com­ing Ea­gle Scouts. The de­ci­sion comes in the wake of de­clin­ing mem­ber­ship, which some blame on the board’s ear­lier de­ci­sions to al­low openly gay youth to join the Scouts and ac­cept openly gay adults as lead­ers.

Need­less to say there has been mixed re­ac­tion, es­pe­cially on so­cial me­dia. Some say it’s about time for coed Scout­ing, while oth­ers say the move will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on what it means to be a Boy Scout.

(It should be noted that this isn’t an al­to­gether new no­tion. Girls al­ready par­tic­i­pate in some Boy Scout pro­grams.)

Still, we want to know what you think. Are the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica right to ac­cept girls as mem­bers? Or are you op­posed to the de­ci­sion?

Send your re­sponse (50 words max­i­mum) to opin­ion@texarkanagazette.com by Wed­nes­day, Oct. 18. You can also mail your re­sponse to the Texarkana Gazette Fri­day Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our of­fice, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to in­clude your name, ad­dress and phone num­ber. We will print as many re­sponses as we can in next Fri­day’s pa­per.

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