Until 1971, no Scouts Canada programs were officially co-ed (though co-ed Scouting existed here and there unofficially, mostly in small towns and rural areas). In 1971, Scouts Canada officially allowed Rover Scout Crews (ages 18-26) to become co-ed, at a Crew’s option. In 1984, this local option was extended to Venturer Scout Companies (ages 14-17). In 1992, local option was opened to the rest of Scouts Canada’s sections; Beavers (5-7) , Wolf Cubs (8-10), and Scouts (11-14). This change was intended to be an evolutionary step towards a fully co-ed Scouts Canada. Surveys within Scouting in the late 1980s showed strong interest in such a future.
On November 21,1998 Scouts Canada’s National Council passed a resolution which removed the local option and requires all Scouts Canada sections to be co-ed, unless they are partnered with a religious denomination which prohibits a co-ed youth program on religious grounds. Very few groups fall into this category, and these are usually ‘closed units,’ like those sponsored by the LDS.
Girl Guides of Canada has remained an organization for girls and women throughout the 101 years in Canada. We believe there is a place for an organization for girls only, regardless of being though of as politically incorrect.