The Phantom Voice
Since the creation of Boy and Girl Scouting (created by Baden Powell in 1910 and Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, respectively) it has been widely recognized that the two genders are immensely different both physically, mentally, and socially. Since their creation, these two rightfully separate organizations have acted solely for the benefit of the growing minds, creating some of the best, well-mannered, self-sufficient and self-confident men and women the world has ever known. To name a few: Neil Armstrong, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Bill Gates, George W. Bush, Harrison Ford, Barack and Michelle Obama, Carrie Fisher, Martha Stewart, and Katie Couric were all involved in Scouting. One could go on for hours about the good that the organization of Scouting does for young boys and girls in forming proper moral compasses, being self-sufficient, and to always aid others in their times of need. As the Scout Oath for both Boy and Girl Scouts goes, “to help other people at all times”. However it is a complete fallacy to suggest that including members of the opposite gender into a program not designed for them would be a force for good. Despite the claims by leaders of the Boy Scouts like Michael Surbaugh saying how it will aid the well being of the organization and its members, this decision threatens to undermine the validity of the entirety of the Boy and Girl Scouting institutions.
This decision is not one that is in any way beneficial for either gender. It is one that will introduce confusion and sexuality into an institution where there is no place for it. Leaders of the Girl Scout organization agree; an interview by CNN with Girl Scouts USA reads, "The benefit of the single-gender environment has been well-documented by educators, scholars, other girl- and youth-serving organizations, and Girl Scouts and their families. Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind experience for girls with a program tailored specifically to their unique developmental needs." Leaders of the Girl Scouts have also, ironically, almost unanimously agreed that Boys be prevented from joining the Girl Scouts, for a fear for the safety of Girl Scouts. If the Girl Scouts are against this, not for a fear for the validity and future of their institution, but for the safety of their girls, then it is clear that there is something seriously wrong with this decision by the Boy Scouting institution.
Some have argued that the prevention of Girl Scouts from earning the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout is unjust, and therefore girls should not be restrained by their gender. However this is simply untrue. Girls have their own version of an Eagle Scout Rank known as the Gold Award; one that is unanimously agreed to be just as prestigious and difficult to attain as the rank of Eagle Scout.
Those who believe the fallacy that boys and girls are going against a century of success and in the name of the selfish and inconsiderate wants of a few individuals who will destroy all that made Scouting the amazing thing that it is for both boys and girls. We can only hope that the executives of the Boy Scouting organization realize the folly of their actions, and decide, without any room for a future mistake like we have seen this past week, that the two genders will stay permanently, in the two organizations that have entirely been designed for them.