Boy Scouts To Allow Girls To Join

October 12, 2017

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For over 100 years the Boy Scouts of America have been teaching boys and young men to be responsible, trustworthy and self-reliant men, but starting next year the organization will allow girls and young women to join.  The plan was announced yesterday and is aimed to provide more options for parents and will be implemented in two stages.  Under the plan, Cub Scout dens, which currently accepts boys from first to fifth grade, will be open to girls of the same age in single-gender dens, either all-boys or all-girls. The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to welcome both genders if they choose. As for Boy Scouts, which is generally for boys ages 11 to 18, girls and young women will be allowed to join starting in 2019. The Boy Scouts of America point to surveys which shows overwhelming interests by parents in getting their daughters involved in scouting.  However the Girl Scouts of America have criticized the initiative saying it strains the century-old bond between the two groups. Overall membership in Boy and Girl Scouts has been steadily dropping over the past years with a 21% decrease for Girl Scouts from 2014 and an almost 10% drop in Boy Scout memberships since 2013.  Reasons include competition from sports leagues, a perception by some that they are old-fashioned and busy schedules.

SOURCE: Newser & Dallas News

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