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OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE: Girls as Youth Members, All Programs

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Just to be clear, this is NOT a decision to allow girls into Boy Scout troops.  I understand that some here believe that will be the result, or the "second step", or whatever, but the fact remains that the BSA is setting up a separate, parallel program for Boy Scout-age girls, in which they can earn Eagle.

I'm not sure you are correct about a separate program. The relevant sentence is (emphases is mine):

Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

So that could mean a separate program, but I it could also be read that the BSA "will do something" for older girls, to be determined later. I think it's the latter, and this means that National is still deciding (arguing?) about how to handle the older girls and so are kicking the can down the road.

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Does anyone else consider the whole sequence of events suspect, culmlnating in a press release on International Day of the Girl?

 

Seems rushed just to try and capitalize on the timing. And likely to backfire in numerous ways. Not to mention possibly igniting a war with GSUSA. 

 

More signs that those in charge have no clue.

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What I want to know how to handle is this.  We're a one den per grade pack, 4-8 boys per den.  We might get 1-2 girls interested at each grade level.  How are supposed to implement that?

 

I am sure there will be detailed guidance from National on how to deal with all possible situations.

 

<Sarcasm off>

 

Actually, I am hopeful that there will be at least some type of guidance from National about something.

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Does anyone else consider the whole sequence of events suspect, culmlnating in a press release on International Day of the Girl?

 

Seems rushed just to try and capitalize on the timing. And likely to backfire in numerous ways. Not to mention possibly igniting a war with GSUSA. 

 

More signs that those in charge have no clue.

 

The "International Day of the Girl" seems to be a holiday observed mostly on Facebook, and few other places.  I doubt the timing has any practical impact on the business of delivering the Scouting program.

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"Just to be clear, this is NOT a decision to allow girls into Boy Scout troops.  I understand that some here believe that will be the result, or the "second step", or whatever, but the fact remains that the BSA is setting up a separate, parallel program for Boy Scout-age girls, in which they can earn Eagle."

 

and exactly how is this making scouting more accessible to families. It's still two separate troops, two separate meetings two times they have to bring their children somewhere...

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I hope in 2019 it isn't different troops for genders.  I guess we need to wait for that clarity.

 

Well, if I understand your question, I think that is exactly what the plan is.  Boy Scouts for boys and "Something" Scouts for girls, with different units for each.  Not coed troops.

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I just wish that the complete plan of what will happen in 2019 would have been in place before announcing this decision.

 

Well, as I said before, that is what they said they were going to do, but that is not what they did.

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Local Option? Ha ha ha ha. Until the 1st lawyer approaches the CO. Then it is either fold or admit.

 

How do you figure?  There's plenty of legal precedent confirming the validity of the local option.  

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I agree. I think the whole "making Scouting more accessible to families" thing has been a euphemism for "making families' checkbooks more accessible to Scouting."  Hey, that's pretty good.  I thought of that myself.

You hit the nail on the head!

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