Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Girls can join the Boy Scouts starting next year

Girls can join the Boy Scouts starting next year

Boy Scouts of America also announced a plan for older girls that will use the same curriculum used by the Boy Scouts and will allow for girls to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

"The values of scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, fearless and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Surbaugh said in a statement.

Earlier this year, the National Organization for Women urged the Boy Scouts to admit girls to the entire program, supporting the efforts of a NY teenager, Sydney Ireland, to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, as her older brother did.

The Boy Scouts board of directors, which approved the plan unanimously in a meeting at BSA headquarters in Texas, said the change was needed to provide more options for parents.

"This decision is true to the BSA's mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law", the BSA's Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said in a statement.

According to NBC News, which broke the story, girls will be permitted to join single-gender Cub Scout "dens" beginning in the 2018 program year.

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.

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

Boy Scouts has been primarily for boys for more than a century.

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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. She said it was a "covert campaign to recruit girls" and described it as "reckless" and "unsettling". She added that a co-ed model goes against "research supporting single gender programming". "It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls".

Earlier this year, the National Organization for Women encouraged the Boy Scouts to accept women, joining the efforts of NY teen Sydney Ireland in her bid to become an Eagle Scout. "The Girl Scouts is a great organization, but it's just not the program I want to be apart of".

Both organizations have been rocked by a steady decline in membership.

The Girl Scouts, established in 1912, and the BSA, established in 1910, are among a few noteworthy youth associations in the USA encountering sharp drops in participation lately.

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