On Wednesday, October 11th, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they will soon be welcoming girls into certain programs of their organization, including Cub Scouts.
This announcement comes on the “International Day of the Girl,” which advocates for the importance of empowering and educating young girls. The Boy Scout’s change will be effective in 2018.
According to NBC News, this is something that other organizations, parents, and young girls have been hoping to accomplish for quite some time. Earlier this year, the National Organization for Women urged for the change after one teenage girl wanted to achieve “Eagle Scout” rank.
The announcement does not discuss transgender children, but specifically clarified that girls, in general, will be allowed to join.
Boy Scouts of America’s Chief Executive Michael Surbaugh released the following statement:
"We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children."
Others pointed out that females have the opportunity to join Girl Scouts, an entirely separate organization. Studies reportedly showed that girls learn best in an all-female environment, noted NBC. However, some believe the Girl Scouts program does not offer the same opportunities and success, so they were excited about the change.
The Girls Scouts organization has not made an announcement on allowing boys to join their organization.
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