Gender Neutral Scouts

In the past few years, The Boy Scouts of America organization has gone through many fundamental changes, many of which involve the progressive decisions to allow homosexual and transgender members to participate in their programs as scouts or leaders. However, none of these new provisions rival the gravity of what would undoubtedly be one of the biggest changes in the organization’s century-long history: allowing girls to become Boy Scouts. Boys, go hide your porn and forget about telling any dirty jokes because the girls are invading.

*High pitched screams of pre-pubescent boys fill the air*

Recently, it was decided that, starting next year, girls will be allowed to join Cub Scout Units (also known as dens). Also, a girl version of the Eagle Scouts will be implemented in 2019. And like you would imagine, this decision has caused quite some controversy, but it is not with the people that you would necessarily expect it from. Ironically, the biggest opponent of this new order is The Girl Scouts of America organization. Though they were previously fine with the whole matter, they have now expressed great distaste for the decision.

So, who’s opinion on this situation is right? Should the genders be kept separate? Honestly, questions like these do not address the especially important factors that led to this decision. Instead, the question should be, “Why do girls want to join Boy Scouts in the first place?” The simple answer is that Boy Scouts appears to be way more interesting and engaging for children.

Personally, I know that my four-year experience as a Girl Scout was fairly underwhelming. I wanted to learn skills, skills that are actually useful. I wanted to start fires and learn the basics of surviving in the wilderness. Unfortunately, Girl Scouts are often little more than cookie peddlers. Not to diss their cookies, but it shouldn’t just be about that. Sure, Boy Scouts sell popcorn, but when you think about Boy Scouts, do you think popcorn? Of course not. If this was true about Girl Scouts as well, then maybe girls wouldn’t want to join Boy Scouts in the first place. The point of the belonging to the scout organizations is about what a kid gains from the experience of scouting. That’s why it’s called Girl Scouts rather than Girl Entrepreneurs. I think the takeaway from all of these discussions is that The Girl Scouts of America should start living up to its name.