Girls at Pinewood Derby: The new face of Boy Scouting

North Jersey | 1/31/2019 | Marsha Stoltz
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ROCKAWAY — It was Pinewood Derby night, that quintessential Cub Scout/Webelos model car racing event, and Anika Zoeller pointed out her yellow car in the holding pen before the races began.

"I made it look like Swiss cheese," said Anika in her Webelos shirt, plaid neckerchief and hat. "I drilled the holes."

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The first girl to register in New Jersey as a Cub Scout last January — according to her den leader, who is also her mother, Nisha Zueller — Anika is the new face of Boy Scouting.

Boy Scouts of America broadened that face on Friday when it officially dropped "boy" from the name of its upper level program and became Scouts BSA, as it began to accept girls in teenage programs as the final step in a multi-year phase-in of programs to serve both sexes.

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Since January 2018, 77,000 girls have joined Cub Scouts nationwide, according to the Boy Scouts. They are organized in girls-only dens, but can share packs with other boys-only dens.

Girl Scouts of the USA is not amused by this blurring of the lines between the two groups, and filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America last November. The Girl Scouts charge that overzealous councils and individual packs are misusing the name to promote the changes, claiming that Boy Scouts are now organizing Girl Scout troops or telling sponsors that Boy Scouts are taking over Girl Scouts entirely.

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Boy Scouts responded Jan. 23 with a motion to dismiss, arguing that these missteps have not damaged the Girl Scouting organization, and that because they always refer to themselves as Girl Scouts, parents will not be confused about which organization their daughters are joining.

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The case is now in discovery until October, and it appears Scouting will be well into its promotion before a...
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