About 170 Cub Scout packs which are taking part in the first phase of the new policy have seen more than 3,000 girls joining. A nationwide campaign called “Scout Me In” is expected to increase that as recruitment efforts intensify over the summer.The program for the older boys and girls will largely be divided along gender-lines, with single-sex units pursuing the same types of activities, earning the same array of merit badges and potentially having the same pathway to the coveted Eagle Scout award.Surbaugh said that having separate units for boys and girls should alleviate concerns that girls joining the BSA for the first time might be at a disadvantage in seeking leadership opportunities.
The Boy Scouts have seen a drop in participation from the more than 4 million members in past peak years to currently about 2.3 million, down from 2.6 million in 2013. The Girl Scouts, which had over 2 million youth members in 2014, now have about 1.76 million girls, according to the New York Post.
One has to wonder why efforts are not being made to reform both organizations so they can retain their original names, cater to the specific members and offer similar activities. Instead, it seems the Boy Scouts may be in danger of throwing out the baby with the bath water.