The Boy Scouts will start admitting girls into its ranks in a historic move announced Wednesday.
The decision, approved unanimously by the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors, welcomes girls into the Cub Scout program as well as a program for older girls that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank, the organization said in a press release.
“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women,” Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive, said in a statement.
“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” he said. “We strive to bring what our organization does best — developing character and leadership for young people — to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”
Families will be able to enroll their daughters into the Cub Scouts starting next year, and the scouting program for older girls will be available the following year.
“Existing packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack,” the release stated. “Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.”
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