This piece is not very indicative of what is actually going on in scouts. It seems to be a typical liberal hit piece that misses the point of what the scouts are. My boys have been involved in scouts for years. My oldest just picked up Eagle. Our troop is large and very active.
Should girls be allowed in? No, it’s the Boy Scouts. I believe young men need to be surrounded by men to learn to be good men and busy learning survival skills, etc. Busy minds and hands stay out of trouble.
Parents worried that your children aren’t safe? Get involved! Know who the adult scouters are, go on camping trips, join the troop. Things can happen anywhere at anytime. There are no guarantees, but if you are involved in your child’s life, actively, there is less chance.
The scouts are one of the best things that we ever got involved in. It has helped our oldest to get out of trouble and stay out. It has allowed my husband and boys to have time together and bond in a very meaningful way. The men involved in our troop truly care about the boys and want to help them.
I think this is more indicative of what scouts are about:
My daughter hated the Girl Scouts -- part of it is the different structure from the top down, which discourages a lot of the cool stuff that the BSA does, part of it is the local troop which was full of what we call Dunwoody Debs (Dunwoody being one of the local upscale suburbs).
The day after her 14th birthday she joined the local Venture Crew and had a ball. She earned her Outdoor Bronze Award and went to all sorts of wonderful places.
I am a Boy Scout leader, and I was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years. I firmly believe that each organization serves important development needs of its members, and I wouldn’t want to see either go coed.
However, Venture Scouting is for older scouts, and it is coed. Many of the girls in Venture are sisters of Boy Scouts or are former Girl Scouts who weren’t satisfied with GS activities. I know BSA National is a true believer in Venturing, but for some reason, it’s a hard sell on the local level. Many Scoutmasters don’t want to encourage anything that might compete with their own programs. That’s a shame, because Venturing provides real opportunity for the future of Scouting.
Venture Crews are not allowed to nominate for OA, though, and I think that’s a mistake.