Scouts honor, there are some major changes in store for the nation’s largest scouting outfit.
In a useful and name-defying decision that has drawn the madness of a similar, historically gender-specific group, the Boy Scouts of America residence unanimously concluded Wednesday to concede girls into the organization.
“The ancestral decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls,” officials with the classification said.
Both boys and girls will be allowed to enroll commencement in 2018, with existent packs given the option to create a womanlike messenger container and a new program being grown to concede girls to achieve the turn of Eagle Scout. Under the new plan, Cub Scout dens — the smallest section — will be single-gender.
Despite the expansion, there are no plans to change the group’s name, according to a spokeswoman.
The 107-year-old establishment has seen a rash of changes in the past 5 years, including usurpation plainly happy and transgender members.
Boy Scout leaders pronounced permitting girls was a required pierce that provides some-more options for parents.
“The values of scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, dauntless and reverent, for instance — are critical for both immature men and women,” pronounced Michael Surbaugh, arch Scout executive.
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The new policy was met with some insurgency from other groups — specifically, the Girl Scouts.
“Instead of addressing systemic issues of stability passionate assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA’s comparison government wants to supplement an accelerant to the residence fire by recruiting girls,” Charles Garcia, recently named to the Girl Scouts’ inhabitant board, wrote in a piece for HuffPost.
Andrea Bastiani Archibald, a clergyman who provides imagination on growth for the Girl Scouts inhabitant programming, agreed.
“We know that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led environment,” she said.
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Both organizations have seen a decrease in membership in new years. The Girl Scouts reported some-more than 1.5 million members; the Boy Scouts about 2.35 million.
With News Wire Services.
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