Girls in the Boy Scouts on CBS Sunday Morning

As kids raced pinewood derby cars and lined church pews for Scout Sunday last weekend, CBS News profiled the changing face of the Boy Scouts for its “Sunday Morning” cover story. Those changing faces include the girls of Pack 203 in the Pacific Northwest and Burmese refugees in Troop 1262 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

No matter where you stand on the issue of girls in the BSA, it’s startling to see girls in the Cub Scouts’ blue uniform. Reporter Tony Dokoupil talked to some of those ponytailed Cubs plus Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh and rocket scientist Sylvia Acevedo, leader of the Girl Scouts, a group that is certainly unhappy about the admittance of girls into Boy Scouts.

“Scouting, Boy Scouting — high adventure, camping — we offer that, too,” Acevedo told CBS. “And we have these amazing programs that are so relevant to the 21st century. And we have the best leadership program that has been designed and developed for girls. And we know what it takes to get girls to succeed.”

[More Than S’Mores: A 2014 study by The Girl Scout Research Institute determined that although girls requested outdoor adventures, many of their leaders hesitated to follow through, often because of their own lack of experience.]

Still, girls told CBS they were excited to follow their brothers into Cub Scout dens after sitting on the sidelines.

 

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