Local cub master and scout father weigh in on boy scout changes

Girls joining Boy Scouts is not something new

Girls in Boy Scouts? What DFW scouting leaders are saying

Both have disbanded because of low attendance numbers.

"If you're a boy being around boys and if you're a girl being around girls, there's just a certain freedom and comfort level that goes with it and I think that might take away from the experience for either one", she said.

"People were like you can't join, you're a girl", said Leia. "If she does the same stuff, why shouldn't she get a merit badge?"

A Kansas fourth grader is thrilled to learn The Boy Scouts of America will expand their programs to girls.

Existing packs may choose to remain all-boys, establish a new girl pack, or create a pack that has both girl and boy dens.

The Boy Scouts of America also announced Wednesday that a new program in 2019 will allow girls to earn the Eagle Scout Award.

Perez said the market has changed and that families want a program to serve the entire family.

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The Boy Scouts of America says "Families today are busier and more diverse than ever".

Brandon Mann is the Cub scoutmaster of Pack 121, which meets at Holston View Elementary School in Bristol, Tennessee. This new change has many showing support and others speaking out against it.

"I see it as only fair that they earn the same things that their brothers are doing", Mann said. "We really focus on girls and we're doing unbelievable things". Scouting's curriculum and character-building goals are not gender-specific, and girls have been joining their families at Boy Scout events for years.

"It seems more like kind of a quick fix rather than something that is really in the best interest of girls, helping them actually develop and become leaders", Girl Scouts communications director Mike Lopes told Slate in an interview.

The Girl Scouts of the US is reportedly meh on the news and has pointed to research showing that many girls learn best in an all-female environment.

When asked if the Girl Scouts will consider adding boys to their ranks, the answer right now is a hard "no".

With change comes critiques, but nothing a scout can't handle.

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Carleen Campbell, co-area manager of the Gladwin Girl Scouts, agrees and says this shouldn't threaten Girl Scout membership.

"We're in a different world", Tickle said. During his career, Tickle has partnered with the Scouts on a number of projects.

A boy scout statue titled "Trail to Manhood" stands outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas, on May 22, 2013.

The Boy Scouts of America has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through the Venturing & Exploring program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year.

Mark Goldblatt of Concord said this might have played a role in the decision announced Wednesday.

"We have plenty of time to co-ed", says Rains. "[Young girls] have the same needs as young boys".

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