Scouting Magazine - betting the farm on girls in Issues & Politics Posted September 6 2 hours ago, Sentinel947 said: Our local camps have had co-ed staff for years, female venturers as participants, and foreign visiting Scout troops that were also co-ed. Female participation of that variety is peripheral and does not change the core of the program. Full integration of girls will fundamentally alter the landscape for boys at all levels of Scouting (including the program as defined for individual troops). 2 hours ago, Sentinel947 said: So I'm not in on the sky is falling. Five years should be enough time for the dust to settle on the LDS exit and determine whether Surbaugh was BSA's savior or executioner. 2 hours ago, Sentinel947 said: It's not girls that have ruined or will ruin Boy Scouting, it's weak leadership from some pros, sex abuse, declining demographics, and a safety/parenting culture that strangles adventure. I agree with all you say about strangling adventure. Now that BSA is making the program gender-neutral, these kind of program changes will continue (and even accelerate) in order to attract more girls. Girls are the future of BSA as we clearly see in Scouting Magazine. Family Scouting = Safety/Parenting Culture - thus strangling adventure even more. That's my take, at least.