Boy Scouts board votes unanimously to allow girls to join
Oct 11 2017 by Francis Osborne
Grasping a memorable change, the Boy Scouts of Americareported plans to concede young ladies into the Cub Scouts beginning one year from now and to build up another program for more established young ladies utilizing an indistinguishable educational modules from the Boy Scouts.
Cub Scout dens, as the younger groups are called, will be separated by gender and allow the organization "to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today's families".
"We trust it is basic to advance how our projects address the issues of families keen on positive and deep rooted encounters for their youngsters", said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's main scout official.
Packs will have the option to either remain single-gender or have girls and boys in the larger group together, according to Boy Scouts of America leaders.
In another pre-emptive move, the Scouts will soon allow girls to become Cub Scouts and work their way up to Eagle Scout, the group's highest rank, after an unanimous vote by the scouting board of directors. This program will enable them to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. The BSA statement also explains that the decision comes after years of requests from families and girls who wished to join the ranks. "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Michael Surbaugh, the organization's chief executive, said in a news release.
In January, the Boy Scouts made a decision to allow transgender boys to join and welcomed its first transgender member, a 9-year-old from New Jersey, the next month.
In the past, the Girl Scouts have been cool to the idea of admitting girls into the Boy Scouts, citing research which showed that many girls learn best in an all-female environment. However, both the boy and girl dens will use the same curriculum.
The organization has had co-ed programs since 1971. "It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls".
"I just want to do what the Boy Scouts do - earn the merit badges and earn the Eagle Award", she says. "The Girl Scouts is a great organization, but it's just not the program that I want to be part of. I think girls should have the opportunity to be a member of any organization they want regardless of gender". The Boy Scouts say current youth participation is about 2.35 million, down from 2.6 million in 2013.