Boy Scouts of America announces it will allow girls to join

Boy Scouts of America announces it will allow girls to join

Boy Scouts of America announces it will allow girls to join

Effective in the 2018 program year, existing "packs" can either 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 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.

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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In a historic shift, the Boy Scouts of America will let girls enroll in Cub Scouts starting next year and allow them to eventually earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout through a separate program, the organization said on Wednesday. This program will enable them to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts took steps to allow transgender boys into its ranks.

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"The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, fearless and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", he said in a statement Wednesday. However, both the boy and girl dens will use the same curriculum.

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. She said it was a "covert campaign to recruit girls" and described it as "reckless" and "unsettling". But those programs have not offered a path to Eagle Scout for girls.

The organization has had co-ed programs since 1971. "It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls". Officials said they went through "months of trying to engage with Leadership from the Girl Scouts organization" so they could "identify areas of opportunities for alignment in the future".

Boy Scouts listen as President Donald Trump speaks during the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia, July 24, 2017. The Washington Post reported the Boy and Girl Scouts have lost around a million members each in the last decade.

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