Starting in 2018, girls will be allowed to be part of the Boy Scouts of America, starting with the Cub Scouts level and going all the way through to the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Older girls will get the opportunity to earn Eagle Scout rank through a separate program starting in 2019. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” said the Boy Scouts of America’s chief scout executive, Michael Surbaugh in a statement Wednesday. The board’s vote to change the 107-year-old organization’s boy-only stance was unanimous. Existing Cub Scout packs can remain all-boy, choose to establish a new girls pack, or start a pack that has girl dens and boy dens. Currently, there are no plans to have boys and girls join the same den.
John Stemberger, an Eagle Scout and founding member of Trail Life USA, made this statement in response to the news, “Instead of allowing boys to be boys, the BSA is sowing increased gender confusion in its troops and gradually destroying the masculine, fraternal, and iconic status that the program once had.”
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