Boy Scouts of America Officially Welcomes Girls to Join

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The Boy Scouts of America National office is pictured here in Irving, Texas.

NEW YORK — The Boy Scouts of America’s board of directors has unanimously agreed to welcome girls into the Cub Scout program and to forge a path for older girls to pursue and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout, the organization said Wednesday.

“The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls,” Boy Scouts of America said in a statement. “[T]he organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.”

BSA said the move is also aimed at helping busy families consolidate programs for their children.

“Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. 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 BSA statement said.

Boy Scouts of America has about 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and about 960,000 volunteers in the United States and its territories.

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  • Flapjack

    “Real Eagle Scout”…LOL, yeah right! No you’ve got it all wrong, doesn’t sting at all, it’s apparent who the real coward is sitting behind the keys. but not surprising. When you get done ironing your skirt, look up what being a real Eagle Scout entailed. Oh you’ll have to look up what entail means first.

  • Free Meeeee

    Who is counseling these decisions? They need to get a grip!
    This is insane!
    Tell me more on how this is gonna work! Do you still
    call the program Boy Scouts????? BSA ???
    The already struggling BSA just dug another hole!

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Max age for an Eagle Scout is 18. How will those co-ed sleepover camping trips work for teenagers????

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