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Should Girls Be Allowed to Join Boys Scouts? (Vice Versa?)

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In October of 2017, Boy Scouts of America opened their organization up so girls are able to join. Some celebrated this decision, but those who do not agree have multiple reasons to support their case. One is that the majority of boys and girls feel more comfortable within their gender group. Another is that some safety risks are involved with girls in boy scout troops. Lastly, girls and boys might as well make their own scouting system and not interfere with the system that has been going on for over a century.

In most cases, girls aren’t comfortable talking about things like favorite TV shows, music, and their crushes if boys are nearby. This goes for boys as well. Since Boy Scouts of America opened the gates to girls, many people feel that this makes scouting uncomfortable to the other boys in the troop and may lead to dishonesty.

Additionally, some safety risks are created when girls join the mostly male troops. Boy scout troop leaders sometimes aren’t to be trusted. There have been countless cases of cub scout leaders harming young members. Especially during teenage years,  girls who join now may be in danger of assault or harassment.

Finally, if girls and boys really want to become scouts together, why don’t they be a part of their own institute? Boy Scouts of America is already an ongoing organization that has taught young boys and men scouting for more than 100 years. Girls shouldn’t join and change the way Boy Scouts of America runs.

Girls are amazing and should follow their passions, but they don’t need to disrupt scouting experiences for boys who are already boy scouts. They are entirely capable of learning scouting skills with boys and this can be done without being a member of the Boy Scouts of America. It just doesn’t seem unreasonable and unfair to enroll in boy scouts if they are a girl. Many boy scout families are upset at this outcome because they believe that their boys are better learning with only boys.

In conclusion, girls and boys should be kept separate in scouting. This is because the separation has the scouts in a more comfortable environment, the safety of both girls and boys will be kept, and the opinions of boy scouts and their families will be respected. Although girls are amazing and can do anything they set their mind to, they shouldn’t interfere and join Boy Scouts of America.

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