By the end of , there were 60, Boy Scouts, and troops began springing up in British Commonwealth countries across the globe. Ten thousand Scouts showed up, including a group of uniformed girls who called themselves the Girl Scouts. In , Baden-Powell organized the Girl Guides as a separate organization.
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The American version of the Boy Scouts has it origins in an event that occurred in London in Chicago publisher William Boyce was lost in the fog when a Boy Scout came to his aid. After guiding Boyce to his destination, the boy refused a tip, explaining that as a Boy Scout he would not accept payment for doing a good deed. This anonymous gesture inspired Boyce to organize several regional U.
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But after the organization announced last year it would drop the word boy from its namesake program and change to the new Scouts BSA, the Girl Scouts filed suit in federal court last fall, alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition.
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Both scouting organizations have been fighting declining membership in recent years. But Boy Scouts leaders say they are responding to the needs of the families they serve with the new scouting program, which will allow girls ages 11 to 17 into the organization.
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The new troops will not be co-ed but girl troops and boy troops can be connected, so everyone can be doing the same kinds of activities at the same time. Linked troops might hold meetings together or go hiking together, for instance.
Yoke, deputy scout executive of the San Francisco Bay Area Council, which represents about troops and expects about six new all-girl troops to join shortly. In recent years the organization has been embroiled in national debates about gender roles and sexual orientation, generating some negative publicity along the way. The group lifted its ban on gay scouts in , gay leaders in and transgender youth in Opportunities should be open to everyone.
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But Hildreth is hoping to grow its numbers over time. Among the activities Hildreth has planned are rock climbing, hiking and camping. Now his daughter has the same opportunity. Not everyone is gung-ho about the move.
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Some say joining the Boy Scouts defeats the purpose of scouting for girls, which is to give them a chance to lead their own activities. After all, the Girl Scouts, which also champions outdoors activities like backpacking and camping, has been around since Read Next. Man arrested on rape charges after missing teen found safe.
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