Boy Scouts Plans To Admit Girls Into Their Organization Very, Very Soon

The organization announced on Wednesday that families can sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts starting in the 2018 program year.

This news comes just two months after Girl Scouts of the U.S. accused the BSA of conducting a "covert campaign to recruit girls into programs run by the Boy Scouts" and "surreptitiously testing the appeal of a girls' offering to millennial parents".

The Boy Scouts of America is going coed.

In a statement that does not mention the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts said they are "the best girl leadership organization in the world, created with and for girls", adding that they are "here to stay".

In 2015, the relationship between the LDS Church and the Boy Scouts became strained after the BSA ended its longstanding ban on gay scout leaders. The move would provide girls a path toward the rank of Eagle Scout, the organization's highest honor.

Mark Hancock, chief executive officer of Trail Life USA, said the admittance of girls into the Boy Scouts of America is part of a growing "war on boys" that views the sexes as interchangeable and masculinity as something undesirable. Last September, the Girls Scouts board sent an accusatory letter to their male competitor stressing that they should "stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not now participating in Boy Scouts" and "not consider expanding to recruit girls".

"We recognize that the desire of the BSA is to expand their programs to serve more young people in the United States".

The announcement followed many months of outreach by the Boy Scouts, which distributed videos and held meetings with the Boy Scout community to discuss the possibility of expanding girls' participation beyond existing programs such as Venturing and Sea Scouts.

Girls can participate, but BSA will not be 100 percent co-ed.

The national nonprofit's self-serving appeal to girls also is a disservice to a century-old organization with albeit sometimes problematic but mostly proud and honorable traditions.

In the past, the Girl Scouts have been cool to the idea of admitting girls into the Boy Scouts, citing research that showed many girls learn best in an all-female environment. In some instances, change has come swiftly. She wrote letters to Boy Scout HQ because she wanted to join.

"I've been in the boy scouts as a professional for 34 years", Feick said.

"The Boy Scouts seems to have developed a pattern of making decisions that depart from their traditional values", Mr. Hancock said. "It will be unbelievable to say you got Eagle and people know what you're talking about and know the work you put into it".

"The Activity Days and Personal Progress programs of the church have always been in place to meet the needs of girls and young women in these age groups", LDS spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement. There are programs to allow Boy Scouts to remain until they are 20 years old.

Vanessa Coleman

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