Two Takes On The Boy Scouts Accepting Girls

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In an historic and controversial move, the Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to join certain programs starting next year. We talk with a Boy Scouts leader from Madison about why he says the policy is good for families. Then, a Girl Scouts leader from Appleton explains why she says a single-gender model for scouting is more appropriate.

The BSA announced on Wednesday that in 2018, girls can join the Cub Scouts. However, the decision on whether to keep them boys-only, make them co-ed or create all-girls divisions will be up to existing packs. Cub Scout dens will remain single-gender. In 2019, older girls will be able to join a newly-created program to become Eagle Scouts.

“This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families,” the BSA said in a statement.

The Girl Scouts of the USA responded with a post on its website, touting the benefits of its single-gender approach.

“We believe strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a free space for girls to learn and thrive,” it said.

How do you feel about the Boy Scouts opening its doors to girls? Should the Boy Scouts have a boys-only policy or is it good that it be co-ed? If you have a daughter, would you sign her up for Boy Scouts? Tell us how you feel at 1-800-642-1234 or You can also tweet us @wprmornings or post on the Ideas Network Facebook page.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Alex Tyms Guest
  • Lee Snodgrass Guest