Scouts BSA now accepts female members

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Scouts BSA now accepts female members

Girls are happy to be accepted into BSA troops.

Girls are happy to be accepted into BSA troops.

Traci Daily

Girls are happy to be accepted into BSA troops.

Traci Daily

Traci Daily

Girls are happy to be accepted into BSA troops.

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Since it was founded in 1910, Boy Scouts of America has only allowed males to be part of  the main part of their organization. Although Boy Scouts of America has previously made co-ed groups like Venturing and Sea Scouting, February 2019 marks the first time in over 100 years that females have been allowed in Scouts BSA.

Scouts BSA differs from previously co-ed groups because there, some troops separate genders into different patrols. In programs like venturing and sea scouting, however, both girls and boys work together as one group.   

“In a troop, patrols are segregated between girls and boys, but for some troops that can’t be coed just yet, a troop the patrol system is in place” explained Emily Wilbert, Assistant Senior Patrol leader of troop 742.

Scouts BSA is a program for young men and women in fifth grade through high school which teaches valuable life lessons, like responsibility and leadership,  through fun activities and adventures. In this program, scouts are able to advance in rank until they reach Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank in scouting.  

“I would like to gain my egalitarian and aid other girls to gain egalitarian and become better citizens in the community,” said Emily Wilbert.

Many people think it is important that girls are now able to be in Scouts because of the valuable life lessons that are taught in scouts that help people make good decisions that help them to become better members of society.

“I think that everyone should have the chance to gain the skills to be a better individual and become part of a better community,” stated Wilbert.

Many people agree that  this change in scouting will lead to more enrollment in the organization and more individuals learning skills that make them better and more productive members of society.

“ I think that the BSA will have more members now that they have let girls into troops and that more girls will get into scouting and become better people,” said Wilbert.

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