What do you call a Boy Scout program that’s no longer exclusively for boys? That was the dilemma the program faced after deciding to let girls in.
Now, the organization has dropped “boy” for its name and will be known simply as “Scouts BSA.” Starting in June, girls will be able to become cub scouts. Scouts are excited, but as for the Girl Scouts… not so much.
“We know we are going to continue provide the highest caliber of leadership programming so we’re not worried,” said says Jerilyn Hickey, chief development officer for the Girl Scouts of Western New York. “We know the girls here are best served when the programming is girl-led.”
“We already have about five groups that are collecting names and applications and have leadership,” said Stephen Hoitt, Seneca Waterway Council, Boy Scouts of America. “We have some early registering units even though we haven’t really started marketing it.”
The Girl Scouts of Western New York say they have no plans now or ever to change their all-girl program.