Opinion| It has been reported that as of this Friday, the Boy Scouts organization has officially changed their name to Scouts BSA. Girls are now able to join.
“I could not be more excited for what this means for the next generation of leaders in our nation,” Chief Scout Executive Michael B. Surbaugh said in a statement, CNN reports.
He continued, “Through Scouts BSA, more young people than ever before — young women and men — will get to experience the benefits of camaraderie, confidence, resilience, trustworthiness, courage and kindness through a time-tested program that has been proven to build character and leadership.”
Western Journal reports that “Cub Scouts, the feeder program that targets younger children, will keep its name. The Cub Scouts began accepting girls in 2018. Likewise the name of the parent organization — Boy Scouts of America — will also remain unchanged.”
Not everyone is as enthusiastic about the change, however:
Girls joining BOY scouts is so dumb. Like sweetie they have GIRL scouts for a reason
— adri foster (@FosterAdri) February 1, 2019
This implies the Girl Scouts are inferior to the Boy Scouts? Is that what they wanted to imply? All the girls needed to do was LEAD add programs make a positive impact within the Girl Scouts? There IS a difference BETWEEN a girl and boy and ALWAYS will be!
— Mellody Lund (@52052c3827724b6) February 1, 2019
For the first time something that sounds positive is not; as a former Cub Scout Leader, I have to be opposed. Girls have their own organization and the badges Cub Scouts earn do not apply.
— Deanna (@SocialControl) February 1, 2019
The left always have to spoil everything.. jeeezzz I bet in the future a girl will be complaining that they were touched in appropriately by a boy.. when they reach 52 ???
— IceQueen Resa (@icequeenresa) February 1, 2019
Stacey Russell, a parent, is happy about the change, according to a WJXT report. Her daughter, Kaylee, is set to become a Scout, just as her older brother did.
Russell stated, “I like the leadership skills they’re developing. I’ve watched them with their friends and they know what they’re supposed to do, they know how they are supposed to behave.”
Kaylee told the station that she has already done a lot of the activities that the Scouts participate in.
“My brother was always in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts,” she explained. “He always included me and I would do things like archery, swimming, and shooting rifles. That encouraged me that I wanted to become a scout myself.”
Sharon Moulds, CEO of the Pittsburgh-area Laurel Highlands Council for the Scouts, stated that many were happy about the change, according to NPR.
She said, “It’s kind of a mix because we have some … grandfathers, and they’re saying, ‘Oh, I can get my granddaughter in.’ They absolutely want their granddaughters to have the same opportunities.”
“They’re excited about having the opportunity to do what they’ve seen their brothers do or the other boys do,” Moulds continued. “I think a lot of them, what we’re seeing is that they just want to be Eagle Scouts.”
Western Journal explains:
Girl Scouts of the USA, which has frowned upon the change, issued a statement Friday saying that it is a better place for girls than the rival organization.
The change “does not change the position of Girl Scouts of the USA or our mission to serve girls, and girls only, and to foster their amazing leadership potential. We remain steadfast in our knowledge that Girl Scouts is the world’s single best leadership development program for girls,” the statement said.
The Girls Scouts sued to block the new name for scouting. The case is still pending.
“Boys in our society have had an advantage because it’s been a male-dominated society,” stated Heather Burlew-Hayden, chief marketing and recruitment officer for Girl Scouts of Northern California, reported the New York Post.
“We are all about what’s best for girls and we have been since we started, back when it was considered improper for girls to run and play outside. Our organization is about sisterhood, it’s about letting girls find their spark in a safe space.”