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Boy Scouts No Longer Just for Boys: Opens Doors for Girls in All Ranks

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Welcome to 2017. We were promised flying cars, yet all we have are boys in the girls bathrooms, and girls in the BOY Scouts!

The Boy Scouts of America are opening their doors for girls to join, starting next year. The scout units, known as dens, will “be single-gendered — all boys or all girls.”

According to NBC, there will also be a separate program for older girls that want to participate, starting in 2019. This will allow them to also earn the “Eagle Scout” ranking.

The Boy Scouts said the moves reflect the changing nature of American life, adding to the appeal of a scouting program that can serve the entire family.

BSA said it commissioned two nationwide surveys that showed parents not involved in scouting had high interest in getting their daughters signed up for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Girls are now part of four scouting programs — Venturing and Sea Scouting, geared toward outdoor activities; Exploring, a career-oriented mentoring program; and STEM, focusing on science and math. But those programs have not offered a path to Eagle Scout for girls.

Earlier this year, the National Organization for Women urged the Boy Scouts to admit girls to the entire program, supporting the efforts of a New York teenager, Sydney Ireland, to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, as her older brother did.

She said, “I just want to do what the Boy Scouts do — earn the merit badges and earn the Eagle Award,” Ireland continued, “The Girl Scouts is a great organization, but it’s just not the program that I want to be part of. I think girls should just have the opportunity to be a member of any organization they want regardless of gender.”

It’s completely fine and dandy for a girl to want to do “boy” activities like camp and fish. I was a tomboy and I grew up doing those things. However, I didn’t demand to be allowed to join a club specifically for boys.

The Boy Scouts organization has fallen victim to being politically correct and it’s sad really. One of the largest appeals of the club was that it was exclusive. Now just anyone can join.

Will they also start allowing boys into the Girl Scouts? It would make it so much easier to teach liberal men how to be effectively beta in our society.

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About the author

Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including Keepandbear.com. While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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