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    • @Eagledadsimply said girls are better at planning and boys may feel intimated and back off.  He never said that means women belong in the kitchen (nor even eluded to that).  https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/battle-of-the-brain-men-vs-women-infographic Perhaps this + the differences in development (female brains mature earlier than male) could lead to some behavior differences between boys and girls in a mixed setting.   I read what @Eagledadwrote.  I think there is an argument to be made that boys could be better off within a single gender troop with only male leaders.  Again, the GSUSA argues for this as well (except for girls).  There is some science backs up the differences in brains and I think there could be a logical conclusion that there could be benefits in single gender settings.   I am ignoring the fact that gender in and of itself is a complex topic (for example, in my Troop I have one scout that doesn't identify as a boy or girl). I land on the side of coed Troops.  For my son, and the Troop I lead, I think coed works.  I think seeing female and male leaders who share their interests is great.  Seeing powerful women benefits the boys in our Troop.  Having girls that can canoe, lash and fish right with the boys helps as well.  The girls and boys work well together in scouting situations.  So, that is the choice I personally made for our Troop (we have a very closely linked Troop and both male/female leaders). That said, I haven't done much research to determine if there are negative consequences and if those negatives outweigh the positives I have seen.  I barely have time to run a half way decent Troop.  I think given the differences in development & brain ... there could be an argument made that single gender scouting is better overall.  
    • The key confusion is always talking about a "unit shoot".  That's for convenience.  Structurally, it's a district / council shoot.  (training, staff, etc).  ...  It's only advertised to that unit and thus we call it a unit shoot.  
    • When I taught adult leadership, I explained that the actions of others around me are motivated by my actions., or misunderstood opinions. I also must say that of the hundreds of times I have brought my opinion to this discussion, it is the first time I seen someone offended that the girls had the better skills than the boys. Most adults just smile. This is a strange discussion at some many levels. Barry
    • No, but as Moderator you are defending the comments of someone who essentially did. You tell me how else to read that comment and now some of yours. Maybe show some of the things that have been posted here to some random women, maybe even outside your immediate orbit, and see what their reactions are. I'd be curious to hear. Personally, I've got a houseful of livid people here. Maybe tell some of your girl scouts that the reason they can't be in mixed gender troops is because they like to menu plan too much. See how your Twitter feed blows up. 
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