Girls joining Boy Scouts of America to gain outdoor experience

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Several young women are now interested in joining the Boy Scouts of America organization. This new interest sparked after young women realized the Eagle Scout honor was 
tremendously helping young men be successful. Today the CEO of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Karen Peterlin gave her perspective on the matter. 

“We have a series of badges that focus on anywhere from fire building, to knife skills, to zipling, paddling, to kayaking. Our girls learn all the skills in the outdoors
that any other organization does,” she says, “That’s one of the biggest myths, that the Girl Scouts aren’t in the outdoors.”

The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A organization has lost it’s credit from this new myth. Many suspect the organization is not as focused on outdoor activity as the boys. Peterlin believes
there’s a real benefit to keeping the genders separate.

“Research will tell us, that both boys and girls in a single gender environment, are more comfortable to try new things. They’re more comfortable to practice their skills and not feel unsafe or like they’re going to get made fun of,” she said. 

The CEO of the Greater Alabama Council of the BSA, J.T. Dabbs sent a statement from the national organization leaders explaining their decision to allow girls into the program. 

“The BSA’s Board of Directors unanimously approved welcoming girls into our iconic Cub Scout program and delivering a Scouting program for older girls that will enable 
them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. This decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls. The BSAevaluated the results of 
numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer
families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.”

Boy Scouts of America will allow young girls to join the Cub Scout program this year. Come February of 2019, young women will be able to join Scouts, the new name for Boy Scouts. 

For more information on the Girl Scouts, click on this link. You can also click here to access the myth pages. 

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