Boy Scouts of America Approves Admitting Girls

Image Kate Patterson  The Washington Post  Getty Images

Image Kate Patterson The Washington Post Getty Images

Both boys and girls will be allowed to enroll in the program beginning in 2018, with already existing "packs" given the option to create a new female companion "pack". Girls will be given the full opportunity to rise all the way up the ranks to become Eagle Scouts. "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, fearless and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's Chief Scout Executive.

In a move that shakes up more than a century of tradition, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that starting next year it will welcome girls into some scouting programs.

The unanimous decision by the 100-year-old group's board of directors came after years of requests from families and girls, it said, though the announcement prompted a mostly negative reaction on social media.

Cub Scouts are in first to fifth grade, and a more expanded program for pre-teen and teen girls is expected to be rolled out in 2019, according to the press release.

In explaining the decision, the board said it took the realities of a busy family life into consideration.

As The Two-Way reported in August, the Boy Scouts had for months been "exploring the benefits of bringing Scouting to every member of the family - boys and girls", according to spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos. Earlier this year, the group announced it would admit transgender boys. "Furthermore, it is inherently dishonest to claim to be a single gender organization while simultaneously endeavoring upon a co-ed model".

"Strange, I thought that's what the Girl Scouts was for???" he said on Twitter.

Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, president of the Girl Scouts of the US, in an August letter to Boy Scouts President Randall Stephenson accused the BSA of a "covert campaign" to recruit girls amid "well documented" declining membership, the Washington Post reported. "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 BSA statement said. However, both the boy and girl dens will use the same curriculum. The Boy Scouts say current youth participation is about 2.35 million, down from 2.6 million in 2013.

The BSA has almost 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories.

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