Local Girl Scout administrators are not happy with ongoing discussions Boy Scouts across the country are having about whether to begin offering more programs for girls.
Beginning in April and at its annual meeting in Florida the end of May, the Boy Scouts of America started discussing the concept as a way to be a “one-stop shop” for both boys and girls for today’s busy parents.
Boy Scout councils are holding meetings to get feedback from their volunteers and parents to send to the national office.
Effie Delimarkos, spokesperson for the BSA, in an email Tuesday, said the discussions are based on numerous requests from families.
“The Boy Scouts of America has been exploring the benefits of bringing Scouting to every member of the family – boys and girls. No decisions have been made,” she said. “The BSA believes in the benefit of single-gender programs. But in evaluating the possibility of serving the whole family, we’ve been having conversations with our members and volunteers to see how to make Scouting accessible for families.”
She pointed out that BSA has for a long time offered programs such as Venturing, Sea Scouts, Exploring and STEM Scouts that serve boys and girls.
Jeff Hotchkiss, executive director and CEO of the Mohegan Council in Worcester, said the council discussed the matter at a meeting in August. He said the volunteers thought the concept should be pursued.
“The response across the nation is that 75 percent lik...