The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced Wednesday that they will start accepting girls to become Cub Scouts and to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout; the organization’s highest honor.
The organization announced on Wednesday that families can sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts starting in the 2018 program year. Another program, scheduled to begin in 2019, will allow older girls the opportunity to earn the coveted Eagle Scout rank.
Michael Surbaugh, president of BSA, an organization founded in 1910, said that this decision reflects the values it stands for and that “they are important to both young people and women.”
“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” he said.
“Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls,” the organization said in a statement.
“The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls ” to be added to BSA programs, the statement said; recalling that families today are “more diverse than ever before.”
In the past, the Girl Scouts have been cool to the idea of admitting girls into the Boy Scouts; citing research that showed many girls learn best in an all-female environment.