There's been an announcement from the Boy Scouts of America that they will begin allowing girls to enter the organization at the rank of Cub Scout and if they remain through the program climbing in status they can eventually reach the most coveted rank of all, Eagle Scout.
This comes as a shocker to those who've spent their lives in the organization and climbed into successful roles in society crediting the group for their efforts in molding them to become what they are as adults.
It also brings into question why the organization would do this at all when there is a Girl Scouts group; effectively rendering it useless.
Michael Surbaugh, Chief Executive of the Boy Scouts said, “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children.”
The Boy Scouts Board of Directors unanimously voted in favor of the new move; which is set to send shockwaves through the organization which had just recently repaired it's damaged reputation after claims of sexual abuse and anger over LGBTQ leadership being allowed into the ranks.
At the beginning of 2018 young girls will be able to join the Cub Scout “dens”, which will now house both male and female participants.
The Boy Scouts of America announced in a statement, “Cub Scout dens will be single-gender, all boys or all girls.”
As of 2019 there will be a wholly separate program available for older girls which will allow them to obtain the highest ranking of Eagle Scout, an honor that's never been bestowed upon a female.
Until now there have been only four programs that females could join as per the BSA; Venturing and Sea Scouting, geared toward outdoor activities unique in their own right; Exploring, which is a career-oriented mentoring program to assist in growth; and STEM, which has been focusing on science and math as a standard.
The National Organization for Women has long since pressured the BSA to allow females into their ranks, and it seems as if they've finally been successful in their endeavors.
So far the Girl Scouts haven't opened up to the idea of allowing in boys, and that's something they say is to help mold females into successful roles in society through an all-women program.
It remains to be seen what sort of backlash the Boy Scouts of America may face as per this new move, but it's certain to garnish some attention to say the least.
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