Mid-Missouri puts the "girl" in Boy Scout after huge announcement

2 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, October 11 2017 Oct 11, 2017 Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:21:00 PM CDT October 11, 2017 in News
By: Daytona Everett, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced Wednesday that the prestigious Eagle Scout award and several other opportunities will now be extended to girls. The change is in full effect in Mid-Missouri.

“The decision that was made by our national board today was really driven by demand that we have seen out in the marketplace for a program that builds character, that instills values, that’s not only for young men, but for young men and young women,” said Doug Callahan, Great Rivers Council Executive Director.

The change allows girls to start at the entry level in Cub Scout units, also known as dens. These will remain single-gender, all boys or all girls.

Mid-Missouri Cub Scouts girls programs will start in Fall 2018. The program puts them on track to become an Eagle Scout.

“They have found that 90 percent of parents whose kids are not in scouting would love to have a program like Cub Scouts and like Boy Scouts for their daughters,” Callahan said.

Cindy Fahrendorf, who has been involved with the Boy Scouts for over ten years in Pilot Grove, said some reaction will be negative.

“Some people will be like, well, girls need to go to Girl Scouts and boys need to go to Boy Scouts,” she said.

She has one son who did Boy Scouts, one who is currently in Boy Scouts, and one who just started Cub Scouts.

“I’ve been a den leader for all of my boys,” she said. “I think Scouts helps develop boys into good men.”

Her son, Ethan Fahrendorf, said he thinks it's great that girls can be a part of Boy Scouts now because it teaches about leadership, working as a part of a team and other life skills.

"I think Girl Scouts would be interested because it'd be a deeper experience," he said.

Boy Scouts has been mostly boys since it was founded more than 100 years ago with the exception of four programs: Venturing , Sea Scouting, Exploring, STEM.

Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts, said, “It is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children."

Kerri Lawson, a mother of two Girl Scouts in mid-Missouri, said, “Society has changed and we need to accommodate. I also think that both groups have very different skills they teach that would be beneficial for each gender to learn.”

Fahreendorf said, “I could see it being handled different ways in different packs and troops.”

As far as the Boy Scouts name goes, Callahan said there are not any changes in the works so far.

Dozens of people have shared their feelings on KOMU 8's Facebook page.

"Not a bad thing really. Girl scouts is a joke, and I was a leader till I learned that it's just about selling the cookies for the money to go to the admin. Boy scouts has always taught more real life things than girl scouts," Kristi Heritage said.

"As an Eagle Scout I am against it! Why change the Boy Scouts. If girls feel like they aren’t learning useful skills in Girls Scouts ,then it’s time to make change to the Girl Scouts..Leave the Boy Scout alone," Rik PapaTiger Pollak said.

"Why did the Boy Scouts have to change, why didn't the Girl Scouts step up and change to meet the demands of the young ladies of today? Sad that the GS failed the girls," Robert Hamilton said.

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- The hotel industry has taken a massive hit as people continue to abide by stay-at-home orders during the... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:50:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding remains a concern in several states along the Missouri River, even though the weather has... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are heroes rescuing others from these tough times. A South Kansas City grocery store... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:02:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police believe no one is injured after they investigated a shots fired call on Wednesday night. Police... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 8:11:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri Executive Director Lindsay Lopez about the growing... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 7:49:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 continues to change daily life, many people are turning to their faith for solace. But... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:39:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri’s health chief said Wednesday that he is directing medical professionals to provide racial data about... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel in Boonville has temporarily shut down business operations and implemented furloughs... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:04:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The road to recovery from addiction can be hard. Now COVID-19 is bringing more challenges to those fighting... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 4:20:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Parson is continuing to address the daily changes happening in Missouri due to COVID-19. On... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - City and county officials gave an update on COVID-19 on Wednesday during a virtual press conference. Columbia... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:38:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has made changes to its day-to-day operations since the "Stay Home Order" went into... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:52:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Roots N Blues Festival mourned the loss of famed sing-songwriter John Prine, who died Tuesday due to... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:11:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A 16-year-old was arrested on charges of 2nd degree murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 11:51:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have returned to the state Capitol to work on an emergency coronavirus funding bill.... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 11:17:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:43:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:31:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 52°
12am 55°
1am 53°
2am 52°
3am 50°