Allgirl Cub Scout pack in Ridgefield gets warm welcome

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — In the society of Scouting, there’s a long-standing tradition of little siblings tagging along while bigger siblings earn badges. Those little siblings are often girls.“They’ve been unofficial Scouts for years,” said Niah Henry. “This has been a whole-family activity all along, but the girls haven’t been able to earn the badges and wear the uniforms.”In the society of Ridgefield veterans, there’s a long-standing tradition of American Legion Post 44 supporting local Boy Scout and younger Cub Scout groups. The local branch of the American Legion has maintained a post on Pioneer Street for the past decade, according to commander Brian Laycoe, a retired physician who said he “got sidetracked for 40 years” before getting back to what’s really important.“We are focused on veterans support but also patriotism and Americanism,” he said. “The Boy Scouts are what Americanism is all about.”That’s a permanent and even timeless value, he said, but time marches on. “Lo and behold, kids grow up and packs change,” he said. “The national Boy Scout organization has been changing too.” Spurred partially by shrinking membership, the Boy Scouts of America have tried to widen their base and boost their numbers in recent years. They’ve ended bans on gay and transgender Scouts and gay troop leaders; they even took the radical step of opening membership to girl Cub Scouts.Is that really so radical? Laycoe said there’s nothing but support here in Ridgefield. “Our American Legion group is incredibly supportive of anything the Scout organization does,” Laycoe said. “We recognize that there’s a difference of opinion among some Boy Scouts, but it really doesn’t come down to the Cub Scout level. We recognize that there are some sensitivities at the older age. It’s as simple as having women in the football locker room. It’s that kind of issue.”last_img

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