Head of Connecticut Girl Scouts speaks out about the Boy Scouts decision to allow girls

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — You won’t find the CEO of The Girl Scouts of Connecticut cheering the Boy Scouts decision to allow girls.

“My honest gut reaction is a little frustration because I feel we have the best girl programming and leadership programming already,” said Mary Barneby, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

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Barneby believes girls at that young stage in life get so much from the Girl Scouts that they can’t get in a coed environment.

“We’ve been working with girls for a very long time and we know that they have their own needs and issues and it’s going to take effort for them to really help those girls in the way they’ve done a great job helping boys because it’s a different situation.”

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“While many of the programs may be the same — camping and outdoor adventure — when we talk about leadership we know that when girls get to the middle school level, there’s research that they tend to sit back, they let the boys lead, and we don’t want to see that happen to a whole generation of young women,” Barneby said.

Right now, there are 32,000 girl scouts in Connecticut. Girl Scouts have been in Connecticut since 1912 — a proud history that Mary wants to see continue — independent of the boys.

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