Daily Press Editorial Board
The Boy Scouts of America made news Wednesday by announcing a historic change. Beginning next year, the organization plans to admit girls into its Cub Scouts programs, either as entire dens for girls only, or in larger, coed Packs.
And by 2019, the organization likely will have a program in place for older girls that will allow them the chance to work toward Eagle Scout status.
The announcement wasn’t without a bit of controversy. Girl Scouts officials accused the Boy Scouts of only deciding to welcome girls into the program because their numbers have been steadily dropping and they need new sources of revenue.
Earlier this summer, Girl Scouts officials accused the Boy Scouts of making disparaging comments about the Girl Scouts and secretly trying to recruit girls into their programs.
We’ll let the two groups battle it out, but we’re not sure it really makes much difference. Ultimately, children and their parents will decide whether or not they want to be part of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or neither.
In many respects, this change merely mirrors some of the changes in society. Girls and boys have been competing together in Little League Baseball for more than 30 years now, and several other organizations no longer restrict members to a single gender.
Honestly, we’re not sure it matters that much. What we do think matters is that more youngsters have an opportunity to be involved in character-building organizations of all types, whether they be the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or any other reputable group.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts can be invaluable tools to teach young men — and now young women — foundational characteristics that benefit all society.
The Scout Oath is: On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
The Scout Law says a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, kind, obedient, brave, clean and reverent.
Were every youngster in America offered the chance to be a Cub or Boy Scout, we have to believe the country would be the beneficiary. Scouting molds men, and now will mold women, into the type of citizens that America has always needed and still needs.
So we won’t get hung up on whether or not girls should be in Girl or Boy Scouts. We just hope more and more youngsters will be Scouts, or will be involved in some other group that seeks to turn them into good citizens.
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