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The Boy Scouts of America Announces It Will Admit Girls Into Its Programs After 107 Years

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

After much deliberation and debate, The Boy Scouts of America voted and unanimously decided to allow girls into its programs for the first time ever since its inception in 1910!

Starting in 2018, young girls will be able to join the Cub Scouts, and it’s expected that they will be able to join the Eagle Scouts, the highest rank, in 2019.

The change comes after years of requests to allow girls to join the organization. Previously, children were required to show their birth certificates in order to do so, but now the Boy Scouts are allowing all children to learn the same skills and values.

In a statement about the monumental change, Michael Surbaugh, Boy Scouts’ chief scout executive, said, “The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women.”

He added, “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best — developing character and leadership for young people — to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”

The change has been received positively by most, and we’re sure there are many girls who can’t wait to join the Boy Scouts!

Please SHARE if you were a member of the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts, and if you think this is a step in the right direction!

Thumbnail Photo: Instagram / Boy Scouts Of America

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