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Girls In The Boy Scouts? The Future Of Scouting In America

Oct 16, 2017

Make room, troops. Last week, the Boy Scouts of America unveiled a major decision -- starting next year, the organization will begin admitting girls. Yes, that’s right. Girls.

While the news has been met with applause by some, others have expressed more critical views -- including the Girl Scouts. This hour, we find out why. 

We hear from local Boy Scout and Girl Scout officials. And we explore the history of Scouting in America.

GUESTS:

  • Tammy Proctor - Department Head and Professor of History at Utah State University; author of Scouting for Girls: A Century of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and co-editor of Scouting Frontiers: Youth and the Scout Movement's First Century
  • Mary Barneby - CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut
  • Steven Smith - CEO/Scout Executive at Connecticut Rivers Council
  • Ryan Hanson - Den leader and Cubmaster for Pack 266, which is based in Suffield, Connecticut

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.