Boy Scouts of America announces it will allow girls to join

Codie Smith

Codie Smith

The board noted that all Cub Scout dens "will be single-gender - all boys or all girls", however.

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday they'll be accepting older girls into programming.

The organization will announce a separate program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program that will allow them to earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's chief scout executive, said reinforcing positive character traits is important for everyone. Existing packs, or community-level units, can decide to establish new girl packs or co-ed packs. After joining dens, they would be able to continue with the organization and eventually earn the coveted Eagle Scout rank.

The Boy Scouts top managerial staff, which affirmed the arrangement consistently in a meeting at BSA home office in Texas, said the change was expected to give more alternatives to guardians.

"The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, fearless and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Surbaugh added.

Surbaugh continued on to say the move reflects the ever-changing nature of American life and the decision to allow girls to enroll will better enable them to serve the entire family.

The program for more established young ladies is relied upon to begin in 2019 and will empower young ladies to acquire the pined for rank of Eagle Scout. It's also good for the BSA, an organization that's lost a lot of members (and respect) over the past several years for its handling of gay scouts and troop leaders.

A representative for the Girl Scouts did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

In August, the president of the Girl Scouts accused the Boy Scouts of seeking to covertly recruit girls into their programs while disparaging the Girl Scouts' operations.

The Girl Scouts, founded in 1912, and the BSA, founded in 1910, are among several major youth organizations in the USA experiencing sharp drops in membership in recent years.

"Strange, I thought that's what the Girl Scouts was for???" he said on Twitter. "Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing". The Boy Scouts say current youth participation is about 2.35 million, down from 2.6 million in 2013.

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