The Boy Scouts released a statement on October 11 saying that they had finally decided to start letting girls join. Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive, wrote that the decision was "true to the BSA's mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law." He continued,
The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women. We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.
The decision has been met with—surprise!—a certain amount of controversy, with some people seeing it as a good and sensible move…
…and others viewing it as the end of the world, or the end of the Boy Scouts, at the very least. (So drama!)
One person happy about the change is CNN analyst Asha Rangappa, who has both a son and a daughter. Rangappa is the troop leader for her daughter's Brownie troop, and her son attends Boy Scouts, so she's pretty familiar with both organizations.
On Wednesday, Rangappa took to Twitter to explain why she's thinking of taking her daughter out of Brownies and moving her into Boy Scouts instead.
Apparently there's a whole lot of paperwork and bureaucracy involved in being in Girl Scouts. Rangappa describes it as "worse than working for government."
2. @girlscouts is a great organization with great goals of training girls for leadership. But it makes everything So. Damn. Hard.— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 11, 2017
3. Literally hours and days of training and forms to do ANYTHING, like take the girls on a field trip. Worse than working for government.— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 11, 2017
The programming of the two organizations differs vastly. Boy Scouts focus on survival skills, building things, and being outside while it's harder to find practical activities like that in Girl Scouts, according to Rangappa.
5. Programming is OK but much less emphasis on things like building things and survival skills like BSA. You really have to seek it out.— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 11, 2017
6. My son's dad is a @boyscouts leader (and Eagle Scout) and they just do so much. Go camping like 2-3x a year, just for a weekend.— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 11, 2017
7. Also many more hands-on activities, competitions, being outdoors.— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 11, 2017
8. As far as I know, he doesn't have to spend two days in training and fill out 50 forms to do it, either.— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 11, 2017
Another thing Rangappa points out is that Boy Scout fundraisers give more money directly to U.S. troops, while Girl Scouts only donate a fraction from the sale of each box of cookies to the troops.
9. Also fundraisers give much more $$$ directly to troops, whereas girl scout cookies give the troop just a fraction for every $5 box. ???— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 11, 2017
Rangappa ends by saying that switching her daughter to BSA would probably be a "better experience for her and me."
10. Let's just put it this way, I'm sorry to say that I'm going to switch my daughter, I think it'll be a better experience for her and me.— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 11, 2017
As Rangappa's tweets began to be retweeted, people started weighing in with their own opinions. Most of them were supportive of Rangappa's choice and of the change as a whole.
Others thought it would be a better idea to just work on improving the Girl Scouts. Although not everyone voiced their opinions in such a (ahem) polite matter.
Annnnnd of course, there were the ones who hated the idea of girls being allowed to do the same things boys do.
It doesn't sound like Rangappa has made up her mind yet, but it'll be interesting to (hopefully) find out what happens.