In between eating turkey, watching football, and reconnecting with family this week, I hope you’ll carve out a half-hour to watch a new video posted on the Bryan on Scouting blog. In it, Scouting Magazine Senior Editor Bryan Wendell interviews Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh about the upcoming inclusion of girls at the Cub Scout and Boy Scout levels.
Wendell doesn’t ask his own questions, however. Instead, he asks questions submitted by Scouts and Scouters from across the country (and beyond, in the case of a Lone Scout who lives in South Africa). The questions cover everything from how the decision was made to what uniforms will look like to whether advancement requirements will change. (You’ll also find information on a separate video I blogged about before in which Surbaugh talks more about the background behind this historic decision.)
I didn’t learn much I didn’t already know from the new video, but I was again impressed by the amount of thought that went into the decision. Assuming that same amount of thought goes into implementation, I think we’ll look back in a few years and say this was the best decision the BSA in generations.
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