Do you support the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to let girls join?

Oct 14, 2017

BY: Citizens Count

On Wednesday, October 11 the Boy Scouts of America announced they will let girls join the organization.

Starting in 2018, girls will be able to join the Cub Scouts, which is for children in grades 1-5. A program for older girls will roll out in 2019.

The smallest unit of Cub Scout organization, called a "den," will still be single gender, either all boys or all girls. Those dens come together to form a "pack." Existing packs will be able to choose if they want to stay single gender.

Expanded opportunities for girls?

Girls have been trying to get into the Boy Scouts for years. They argue that the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts do not offer the same opportunities, and it is unfair to exclude a girl who is more interested in the Boy Scouts model.

According to leaders of the New Hampshire Boy Scouts, entire families may also be more likely to participate in scouting if girls are welcomed.

"The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.”

- Christopher Hopkins, spokesperson for the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America 

Undermining Girl Scouts?

Opponents of the decision argue that it will undermine the Girl Scouts, ultimately depriving girls the opportunities and safe space of the Girl Scouts.

After the Boy Scouts announcement, the Girl Scouts issued a press release that said girls benefit more from a program tailored to their unique developmental needs. 

Patricia Mellor, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, told NHPR she was surprised the Boy Scouts didn’t instead try to partner with the Girl Scouts to serve young women. 

Have your say!

Do you support the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to let girls join? Share your opinion in the comments below.


Tristin Gibbins
- Olathe

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 5:30pm

There Is a reason why the BOY Scouts and GIRL Scouts were created. BOY scouts is for boys. Girl scouts is for girls. Girls SHOULD NOT get to have ANY alternative requirements. Girls should go through the same exact thing that the boys go through. If they want the rank of Eagle, then they have to do the same stuff that the boys have to do. I agree with Chuck Malias, if girls are allowed to join Boy Scouts, then boys should be allowed to join Girl Scouts.

Wayne Laliberte
- Madison

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 9:21pm


Rebecca Hughes
- olathe

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 12:25pm

by saying they cant join is saying that they don't have a right to be a scout in the first place

Snaggle Tooths
- Concord

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:05pm

Boys will be left with nothing. The BSA will fold in no time.

Vincent Hopkins
- Washington

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:56pm

Girls and boys are different.
I predict girls will do better in the boyscouts than boys. There is no physicality in the merit badges. The mobility is based on learning things like the oath, motto, how to tie knots, cooking, etc. It is an environment that is primarily based on knowledge, and learning. Girls are doing better in school because of the amount of attention given to them. The bigger stronger, more competitive boys will gravitate towards sports. Can we put boys on the girls swim team? On the girls basketball team?

Alan Fraize
- Deerfield

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:05pm

No its Boy Scouts.girls have the girl scouts

Chuck Malias
- Manchester

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:45am

Are boys permitted to join the Girl Scouts? If not, there will be a lawsuit within 6 months.


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