Reversing a gender limitation that has been in place for 100 years, The Boy Scouts of America today announced a plan to allow girls to join. Female Eagle Scouts? Yep.
From NBC News:
The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the organization's highest honor.
"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 Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts.
The scouting board of directors voted unanimously to make the historic change in an organization that has been primarily for boys since its founding more than 100 years ago.
Starting next year, young girls can join Cub Scout units, known as dens. Local scouting organizations can choose to have dens for girls and dens for boys. "Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls," the organization said in a statement.
A separate program for older girls will be available in 2019, BSA said, enabling them to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
BREAKING: The Boy Scouts announce plans to admit girls to the Cub Scouts and establish new program for older girls.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 11, 2017
Boy Scouts, in a unanimous vote, will allow girls to join. Can't wait to see the first female Eagle Scout & for Trump to wig out about it. pic.twitter.com/EEremGDvMp
— Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) October 11, 2017
— ABC News (@ABC) October 11, 2017
Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to enroll. Move follows decision to allow transgender children to join. BG: https://t.co/JhpkzY6yh2
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) October 11, 2017