Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Boy Scouts make historic change, allow girls into some programs

Boy Scouts make historic change, allow girls into some programs

Cub Scout packs, which are larger and include a number of dens, will have the option to welcome both genders if they choose.

"The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls", Boy Scouts of America said in a statement.

Beginning next year, families will be able to enroll their sons and daughters in Cub Scout programs.

"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.

According to NBC News, the organization has been looking into the possibility of allowing girls to join, and performed a few surveys to see how parents felt about the change.

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.

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.

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The organization has been primarily for boys since it was founded more than 100 years ago.

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.

GSUSA president Kathy Hopinkah Hannan in an email obtained by Buzzfeed News suggests the Boy Scouts have been attempting to bolster its own membership by reaching out to Girls Scout recruits. "Furthermore, it is inherently dishonest to claim to be a single gender organization while simultaneously endeavoring upon a co-ed model".

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.

The announcement follows many months of outreach by the BSA, which distributed videos and held meetings with the Boy Scout community to discuss the possibility of expanding girls' participation beyond existing programs, such as Venturing and Sea Scouts.

"Families today are busier and more diverse than ever". For some families, scouting programs that welcome both boys and girls could be a welcome convenience. The Washington Post reported the Boy and Girl Scouts have lost around a million members each in the last decade.

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