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.