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

Eventually, they will also be able to attain the rank of Eagle Scout - another program focused on older girls will go into effect in 2019.

In January, the Boy Scouts made a decision to allow transgender boys to join and welcomed its first transgender member, a 9-year-old from New Jersey, the next month. Cub Dens will now consist completely of boys or girls. Her once-unlikely dream is about to become reality: the Boy Scouts of America officially announced today that it's letting girls take the oath starting in 2018.

"The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Michael Surbaugh, the group's chief executive, said in a statement, reported by the Los Angeles Times. "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", said Chief Scouting Executive Michael Surbaugh.

News reports under the plan, Cub Scout "dens"-the smallest units-will be either all girls or all boys".

The decision comes after years of requests from families, the organization said.

Boy Scouts has been primarily for boys for more than a century.

. "Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing", the Boy Scouts of America statement said.

Officials at western MA council of the boy scouts are excited about the news. She said it was a "covert campaign to recruit girls" and described it as "reckless" and "unsettling".

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We call on the Boy Scouts of America to follow the path charted by the Girl Scouts to maintain its "Duty to God" commitment while ending the outright ban on non-theists.

The organization has had co-ed programs since 1971.

"Strange, I thought that's what the Girl Scouts was for???" he said on Twitter.

Earlier this year, the National Organization for Women encouraged the Boy Scouts to accept women, joining the efforts of NY teen Sydney Ireland in her bid to become an Eagle Scout.

Wonderful and timely news from @boyscouts on the #DayoftheGirl!

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Both organizations have seen drops in memberships in recent years. The Washington Post reported the Boy and Girl Scouts have lost around a million members each in the last decade.

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