Girl Boy Scouts

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - OPINION -

They’re say­ing now that the Boy Scouts have to ac­cept a girl as a mem­ber of the Boy Scouts. What is wrong with this coun­try with all this PC Cor­rect­ness? Some things as sim­ple as black and white. I’m all for equal rights for women to be in bat­tle­field, if you can shoot a gun you and de­fend your coun­try stand up for your na­tion. I’m a hun­dred per­cent with it. But a boy shouldn’t join the Girl Scouts cuz that he’s not a girl, or a girl shouldn’t join the Boy Scouts cuz she’s not a boy. What’s go­ing on in this coun­try? Are th­ese peo­ple out of their mind with this po­lit­i­cally cor­rect­ness?

— The Jer­sey Devil

I’m no ex­pert on this, but the way I un­der­stand it is that no one pres­sured or forced the Boy Scouts, this was their at­tempt to cre­ate more in­clu­sive pro­grams (also read: ex­pand mem­ber­ship). Not all Boy Scout troops are go­ing to have girls in them, but the BSA is try­ing to open things up so that girls can earn Ea­gle Scout rank, which is a highly cov­eted honor. When you look at the de­clin­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers for scouting, you can fig­ure out what the real rea­sons are for BSA to try to be more in­clu­sive.

— Ed Note

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