There’s a place for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Do the Boy Scouts really need to embrace girls? (Mike Baker at Fox)
I admit to being a bit old fashioned. Believing that there’s a place for a Boy Scouts organization and a Girl Scouts organization that focus on their respective genders doesn’t make me a misogynist or a sexist or anything else ending in “ist” or even an “ism.” I happen to believe that there’s value and benefit in girls having their own space and boys having their own space on occasion…as long as they offer equal space and opportunity.
I was a Girl Scout for a while in elementary school (1950s), and then went on to join Camp Fire Girls. In high school, I took great pride in being a summer camp counselor for Camp Fire Girls and have many fond memories.
I spent nine years doing various volunteer things with the Boy Scouts. Starting in 1975 as a Den Mother, Roundtable commissioner, then a unit commissioner, and finally the regional training chairperson, I followed my sons through the ranks and enjoyed very much all of the projects, camp outs and jamborees. The boys never did reach Eagle rank, but they spent a number of years as proud members of the Order of the Arrow. And they grew up to be fine men, husbands and fathers.
That was 40 years ago. It was difficult then to get 8 year old boys to join the Cub Scouts, and even harder to get their parents to participate. I understand that this is even more true today, and I can sympathize. But recruiting girls is most certainly not the answer. And it’s not as if there is no alternative, of course.
This silly idea is not nearly as bad as the BSA decision to allow homosexuals to be leaders, in my opinion, and I’m sure that has seriously contributed to the decline of the organization. We’ll have to see how it all plays out, of course. This may simply be the final straw.
But, if girls do join, I think they should consider changing their name.