Girl Scouts of Central Texas respond to BSA letting in girls

Girl Scouts of Central Texas respond to BSA letting in girls

Many Southern Baptists have long resisted the BSA's transition, opposing the 2013 change to accept open homosexuals as Scouts, the 2015 rule opening unit leadership and employment to gays and bisexuals, and the January decision to accept transgender youth as Scouts. Some support the idea, some think it's awful, and some are ambivalent.

My Girl Scout ExperienceThe Author as a young Girl Scout. So my parents signed me up and I learned about the badges I could proudly sew to my new Brownie vest.

Girl Scouts: "Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place", according to

The change is causing some scouts to second guess their commitment to the program. I could see girls wanting to be part of that.

The Boy Scouts' decision to welcome girls drew the ire of the national Girl Scouts organization, as the two have similar missions and programming. Cub Scout camping trips, he noted, were usually family affairs with less need for rigid polices. "It takes a multi-year exploration process and I haven't heard anything to that effect", said Pyke. On Monday, Latino civic leader Charles Garcia, just days after being named to the Girl Scouts' national board, wrote an opinion piece for the Huffington Post calling the BSA's overture to girls "a bad idea".

"If you want your daughter, niece, whomever you care about, to be having the most incredible opportunities, then they should look at Girl Scouts for those opportunities", Wharton says.

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Page and other scout leaders have been in various meetings since last December with local volunteers, and at Boy Scout headquarters in Dallas. The Girl Scouts of the United States of America have criticized the move, saying the decision was driven by the financial struggles of the Boy Scouts.

The decision on Wednesday was celebrated by many women, but criticised by the Girl Scouts, which said that girls flourish in all-female groups.

I ask Loh if she would consider joining the Boy Scouts. There is no word if the Boy Scouts will attempt their own cookie franchise. Many Boy Scout councils sell popcorn, but some choose to hawk poinsettas, carwashes, flags or chocolate bars.

It's also no secret that BSA membership has been declining for years. Only Girl Scouts has more than 100 years of experience helping girls tap into their leadership potential by reinforcing and extending the skills they learn in school in a supportive, encouraging environment in which they feel safe to just be themselves. The Florida Sea Base, for example, offer programs for sailing, scuba diving, kayaking and other aquatic activities.

But in the end, Girl Scouts wasn't for me. Older girls can opt to go on destination trips across the globe, from Iceland to India. "The only good to come out of this will be a further exodus toward Trail Life USA, the genuine heirs to the Boy Scout legacy".