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As Boy Scouts Go Co-ed, Challenges To Scouting For Boys And Girls

The Boy Scouts are opening their program to girls. Vermont Edition talks about scouting for boys and girls in Vermont Monday, Oct. 23.
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The Boy Scouts are opening their program to girls. Vermont Edition talks about scouting for boys and girls in Vermont Monday, Oct. 23.

The Boy Scouts of America this month officially welcomed girls for the first time in their century-long history. Girls will be able to enroll in the entry-level Cub Scout program by 2018, with a path toward ranks like Eagle Scouts in the coming years. But after decades of declining membership, is it a bold move toward inclusion or a necessary change for a struggling organization?

Plans to open the Boy Scouts program to girls drew strong condemnation from the Girl Scouts of the USA.

In Vermont, both the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts have seen their enrollment decline.

Ed McCollin, the CEO and Scout Executive of the Green Mountain Council, and Tricia Mellor, the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, join Vermont Edition to discuss the challenges of scouting in Vermont today, and what girls joining Boy Scouts mean for both organizations.

Post your questions or comments here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Broadcast on Monday, Oct. 23 at 12 p.m. Rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station WBUR...as a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Matt Smith worked for Vermont Public from 2017 to 2023 as managing editor and senior producer of Vermont Edition.
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