Expect a rise in reported cases of Cooties.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America shared plans for making the 107-year-old youth leadership organization gender neutral.
Problem is, they didn’t ask for the Girls’ consent.
“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” the group’s Chief Boy Scouts Executive, Michael Surbaugh, stated.
The unilateral announcement of the change was immediately criticized by Muriel Berry, Director of Communications for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, according to KFDI.
“It’s a disappointing time when an organization goes ahead and makes this type of announcement without talking to the other organization that for years has had a formidable, wonderful partnership,” she said. “We would have preferred to have both national organizations sit down and really have a strong, robust conversation about how we can jointly serve families and continue to be experts in our primary gender areas.”
Girl Scout President Kathy Hopinkah also criticized the plan in August, claiming that the Boy Scouts board were running a “covert campaign to recruit girls,” as membership for the Girl Scouts has been declining since 2014, according to AP.
Strange, I thought that's what the Girl Scouts was for??? https://t.co/8Dhub01Ihi
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 11, 2017
Although there are critics of the plan, some people have voiced a positive opinion on the change.
— Darby Bailey (@happydarby) October 11, 2017
When I was in Scouts, boys were often misogynistic and homophobic, calling other boys "girls" as an insult. Opening membership to girls can help teach boys a needed lesson in becoming men: equality and respect.#BoyScouts #boyscoutsofamerica #DayoftheGirl #WednesdayWisdom
— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) October 11, 2017
A secondary benefit of this is boys working alongside girls, being led by them, being taught to respect their expertise, etc.#BoyScouts
— Charles Clymér🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 11, 2017
The new Boy Scouts organization will consist of small groups of “dens” containing six to eight members. These “dens” will be segregated by gender, according to the statement.
The existing packs will then have the opportunity to accept these “dens” into their ranks if they wish to do so and if not, they can choose to create a new all-girls pack or remain as all-boy packs.
Maybe we will see a rise in boys joining the Girl Scouts in the future.
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