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As Boy Scouts welcome girls, rival group sees expansion of 'war on boys'

Sioux Falls scouting families excited girls will be allowed in Cub Scouts

Local chapters will have the discretion to create the girls-only cub scout dens based on demand.

"The need for female leadership has never been clearer or more urgent than it is today - and only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need for success", GSUSA said after the announcement.

But a major change is coming to the Boy Scouts of America, which has faced pressure recently over transgender scouts, President Donald Trump's remarks at the National Jamboree, and other issues: Girls will now be able to join Cub Scouts and attain the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout through two initiatives announced on Wednesday.

Under the Boy Scouts' new plan, Cub Scout dens - the smallest unit - will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls. "It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls". It is expected to be formally announced next year and is projected to be available in 2019, the organization said. "They reviewed the program types that we were planning on offering", Smith said.

Bean said one of the chief reasons for the inclusion of girls into the Boy Scout program, is family togetherness. From STEM and robotics to financial literacy training, girls have the opportunity to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders in a supportive, encouraging environment where they feel safe. "Putting it on resumes, that will always be something that colleges and places of employment will always look at and know that this girl is very impressive and she means business".

The Boy Scouts of San Diego did not respond to multiple 10News requests for an interview.

Jan Barker, the long-serving CEO of the Girl Scouts' Heart of Michigan Council, suggested that Boy Scout programming would not be appropriate for many girls.

Clarke Farrer, the scout executive for the BSA's Grand Teton Council headquartered in Idaho Falls, said this was a decision that has been kicked around for several years now.

- A day after the Boy Scouts of America announced it will admit girls starting in 2018, the Girl Scouts of the U.S. are responding.

Shirley said her granddaughter could run with the boys. Indeed, I've spent the last 15 years explaining my Girl Scout Gold Award to friends, colleagues and prospective employers as the "Girl Scout version" of the Eagle Scout rank.

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Strawser said Girl Scouts were unlikely to stray from their approximately 100-year-old mission empowering girls and that enough parents believe in the organization to maintain it for some time.

"We'll make sure those environments are protected", he said.

"We have analytics that show our programming works", she said.

Joni Kinsey, an art history professor at the University of Iowa, has been both a youth member and a troop leader in the Girl Scouts and fought against the possible sale of camps in her region.

"We are the organization creating - through our skill-building Girl Scout Leadership Experience - the female leadership pipeline", said Mary Barneby, the CEO of Girl Scouts of CT, in a statement.

A high-school junior, Cassidy is "extremely happy" that women will have the opportunity to join the program at a younger age and work their way up to achieving Eagle Scout.

While there is a rough equivalent in the Girl Scouts - the Gold Award - the honor is not almost as well-known as the Eagle Scout distinction. In 2016, 822,999 boys were in Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts and 136,629 young men and women were in Venturing and Sea Scouts.

"A young woman can earn a swimming badge just as easily as a young man can", Giles said.

"From coast to coast and inner city to rural plain, there are millions of boys in need of motivation, guidance and leadership skills", the release states.

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