Now that your daughter has the ability to make a choice between the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, which one should she join? Ultimately, the choice should be hers, but there are many things to consider. While the values of both organizations are very similar, there are also many differences when it comes to recognition and the highest achievement.
Girls in Boy Scouts. Who’s ever heard of such a thing? Girls have, and they’re fought for the chance to have the choice. Here’s why your daughter should join the Boy Scouts.
It all started in October when the Boy Scouts of America announced they would be allowing girls to join the Cub Scouts program. Thus far, 3,000 girls have joined Cub Scouts packs during the first term of the new policy. “Scout Me In,” is the new campaign line for the Cub Scouts that features girls in the program. Finally, girls are given the ability to earn the coveted Eagle Scout ranking.
The Girl Scout Law proclaims, “I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.”
The Boy Scout Law states, “a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”
Difference Between Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
The difference between Boy and Girl Scouts comes down to the badges, education, and highest achievement rankings. Each program has very similar, and even identical, badges, as well as different ones. Some of the overlapping badges include camping, car maintenance, first aid, fitness, and budgeting. Boy Scouts have badges in writing and speaking, while the Girls Scouts have badges in screenwriting and novel writing.
For both groups, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) plays a large role in education. STEM is prominent in both organizations.
The greatest difference between groups is the highest achievement. In the Boy Scouts, the highest rank is an Eagle Scout. For the Girl Scouts, the Gold Award is the highest achievement. Both awards hold significant value, but the Eagle Scout is highly regarded in all walks of life and is more well-known than the Gold Award.
Why do Girls Want to Join Boy Scouts?
Above all else, girls want to join Boy Scouts because they want the choice. If a girl decides she wants to earn her Eagle Scout ranking, she should be given the chance. The decision to allow girls in the Boy Scouts was made in hopes to bridge the gap and enforce equality, beginning with young children.
Girls can have the same interests, talent, and dedication as boys. And if given the chance, as they finally have been, they will prove it.
Eagle Scout Ranking
The Eagle Scout ranking, the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouts of America, and highly coveted by every girl who could never earn it. The prestige award is difficult to obtain, which displays dedication, discipline, and a hard-working attitude. It takes years to become an Eagle Scout and the ranking is only given to a select few who have truly earned it. In order to become an Eagle Scout, one must accomplish the following:
- Earn 21 Merit Badges
- Serve for a minimum of 16 months in a position of leadership
- Camp for a minimum of 24 nights
- Construct, plan, and execute an Eagle service project
- Have a minimum of 7 Scoutmaster conferences and 5 boards of review
Eagle Scout Benefits
Being an Eagle Scout means the man, and now woman, has honored Scout Law and is equipped for anything life throws at them. Eagle Scouts hold a prestige title, which holds many benefits:
- College admissions officers will always recognize the title of Eagle Scout
- Eligible for various scholarships
- The U.S Military allowed Eagle Scouts to enter in at a higher rank and pay grade than those who aren’t an Eagle Scout.
- Employers will appreciate and recognize the title of Eagle Scout
Girls joining Boy Scouts has been and will be one of the greatest gender equality revolutions. If your daughter wants to join the Boy Scouts, she now has the chance to. Equality, gender socialization, and the highest achievement are now readily available to your daughter. If her passion and dreams are to be a Scout, sign her up!
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