Boy Scouts Will Now Admit Girls; Allow Them To Reach Eagle Scout (REACTION)

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Boy Scouts Will Now Admit Girls; Allow Them To Reach Eagle Scout (REACTION)
In its latest momentous policy shift, the Boy Scouts of America will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for older girls based on the Boy Scout curriculum that enables them to aspire to the coveted Eagle Scout rank.

Founded in 1910 and long considered a bastion of tradition, the Boy Scouts have undergone major changes in the past five years, agreeing to accept openly gay youth members and adult volunteers, as well as transgender boys.

The expansion of girls’ participation, announced Wednesday after unanimous approval by the organization’s board of directors, is arguably the biggest change yet, potentially opening the way for hundreds of thousands of girls to join.

Many scouting organizations in other countries already allow both genders and use gender-free names such as Scouts Canada. But for now, the Boy Scout label will remain.

“There are no plans to change our name at this time,” spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said in an email.

Under the new plan, Cub Scout dens — the smallest unit — will be single-gender, 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 same Eagle Scout rank that has been attained by astronauts, admirals, senators and other luminaries.

Boy Scout leaders said the change was needed to provide more options for parents.

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

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

Article above courtesy of Associated Press.

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Boy Scouts Will Admit Girls, Allow Them to Earn Eagle Scout Rank - NBC News
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boy-scouts-will-admit-girls-allow-them-earn-eagle-scout-n809836

First came acceptance of gay and transgender Scouts. Now girls can be Boy Scouts - LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-boy-scouts-girls-20171011-story.html

First transgender kid joins the Boy Scouts | New York Post
http://nypost.com/2017/02/08/first-transgender-boy-joins-the-boy-scouts/

Boy Scouts of America ends ban on gay scout leaders
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/27/boy-scouts-gay-leaders/30752987/

Girl Scouts welcomes transgender girls - CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/20/living/girl-scouts-welcomes-transgender-girls-feat/index.html

Social Issues FAQ - Girl Scouts
http://www.girlscouts.org/en/faq/faq/social-issues.html

Spelman will admit students who "self-identify as women"
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