Boy Scouts To Admit Girls To Programs

By William Bowman
The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The Boys Scouts will allow girls to join next year. In fact the program for older girls is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa.

In a historic move Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America announced plans to admit girls starting next year, a decision Scouting leaders say was made, in part, based on family dynamics as the organization continues its shift away from century-old traditions.

Under the plan, Cub Scout dens — the smallest unit — will be either all-boys or all-girls.

The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to remain single gender or welcome both genders.

The program for older girls is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

The Boy Scouts board of directors unanimously approved the plan in a meeting at BSA headquarters in Texas, a move BSA’s chief scout executive, Michael Surbaugh, said will help “meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children.”

“The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women,” Surbaugh said.

The Girl Scouts of the USA criticized the initiative, saying it strained the century-old bond between the two organizations. Girl Scout officials have suggested the BSA’s move was driven partly by financial problems and a need to boost revenue.

“The family structure has changed since 1910,” said Jon Brennan, Scout executive for the Susquehanna Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “We are providing this opportunity for the whole family to participate. I think it’s a great day for families across the country.”

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