Boy Scouts of America officially announced its plan to bring girls into its organization. Girls can enter as Cub Scouts in 2018, and then by 2019 at other grade levels including high school girls who will be allowed to earn the Eagle Scout Award. Girls and boys are not the same. Therefore, we do not agree that the Boy Scout Program meets the unique and specific needs of a girl’s leadership journey.
Girl Scouts has 105 years of experience in supporting girls to develop leadership skills in a girl-only supportive environment. A girl’s life is primarily experienced in a coed environment. Significant data and research suggests that girls thrive in an environment where they can experiment, take risks, succeed, fail and learn in the company of other girls. Girl Scouts offers that in an outside the classroom experience. This extensive research guides our programs delivered in the unique way girls learn. Our focus on leadership skills development and preparing girls to meet future workplace demands offers progressive girl led opportunities throughout her Girl Scout experience.
We are incredibly proud to offer our more than 23,000 Girl Scouts opportunities for adventure, inspiration, and valuable mentoring. We offer hands-on, girl-centered learning in STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship, and abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills. Girl Scouts helps all girls take the lead early and often. Our highly valued volunteers and community leaders serve as role models and mentors for guiding girls in these experiences.
Our girls need even more opportunities to take the lead. Our girls need a girl-only safe space where they can grow their courage, confidence and character. Our girls need adult role models; women and men who will support them every step of the way.
A Girl Scout Dad Perspective
Jared Bixby, Education Professional from Manhattan, KS
“As a father of a girl and a boy, I stand with Girl Scouts!
As a parent, my daughter does not come second.
As a parent, my son does not come second.
As a parent, I make sacrifices for the development of my kids because I want them to grow up to be strong, caring, successful individuals.
It’s not about convenience, Boy Scouts of America.
Let me repeat, it’s not about convenience, parents.
Our family is involved in soccer, 4-H, gymnastics, etc. These are things that our kids want to do and we make them happen for them. We take the interest of our kids and we find activities that match their interest and make them work. That’s what parents do.
It’s what’s best for your girl. I will not provide even the glimmer of thought that my daughter is second to my son because of convenience, Boy Scouts of America. My daughter deserves the best I can provide, and I trust in Girl Scouts and the 100+ years of research that guides their girl leadership development approach to do just that. That’s what I want for my daughter.
I challenge all dads of girls: Are you #ManEnoughToBeAGirlScout?
My family strongly believes in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a space for girls to learn and thrive. Girl Scouts works and we’re committed to preparing our daughter as a next generation woman leader with Girl Scouts.”
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