Boys Scouts to allow girls to join

The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors has unanimously approved to allow girls to join their organization.

In a press release, Boy Scouts said they made the decision after receiving requests from families and girls. 

the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

The decision will kick in next year:

Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. 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. 

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.

Read the full release here.


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