Keep the "Boy" in Boy Scouts of America
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On October 11th, 2017 the Boy Scouts of America announced that girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. The scouting board of directors voted to make this unforeseen change in the organization that has been for boys since its founding more than 100 years ago.
The mission statement of the Boy Scouts is to "prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law." The Boy Scouts as stated in its name has been a program ran under these ideals for "BOYS" over the past 100 plus years and should remain the same.
The Girl Scouts released a statement saying that the "Girl Scouts remains committed to and believes strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provide.” The Boy Scouts should have the same philosophy on this idea. But now instead of keeping the Boy Scouts for Boys, the program will not only lose its values that the organization has been built on but will also draw away participation of girls from their respective program of Girl Scouts. In the Girl Scouting program, girls are given the chance to earn their Gold award which is the equivalent of the Eagle Scout award for Boy Scouts. In both cases, only about five percent of the organization's members are able to achieve this honor.
The Boy Scouts already has co-ed programs under it that consist of Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Exploring. There is no need to make the Boy Scouts a co-ed program as well. Boys should be able to have a boys club and girls should be able to have a girls club.
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