On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America made an announcement that sent shockwaves across the nation. They’re now letting girls into their program, and they don’t have to claim to be transgender to be admitted.
Initially, girls will be only allowed into the Cub Scouts program next year, which covers the 7 to 11 ½ age group. But in 2019, the Boy Scouts plan to create a program for older girls, which is intended to give them a shot at earning the much-coveted rank of Eagle Scout, according to ABC News. The nationwide organization, founded in 1910, says the change comes in response to requests made by those involved in the program.
In a news release, they stated, “The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.”
But not everyone is happy with the change, especially the Girls Scouts of the USA.
"The Boy Scouts' house is on fire. Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA's senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls," the Girls Scouts said in a statement.
The Girl Scouts, founded two years after the Boy Scouts, is an entirely separate organization.
After the Boy Scouts’ announcement on Wednesday, the Girl Scouts also posted on Twitter, “We're the BEST leadership organization in the world for girls and no one can do what we do. Diversity is our strength.”
The tweet linked to a statement expressing the benefits of a single-gender organization for girls and saying, “Girl Scouts is the best girl leadership organization in the world, created with and for girls. We believe strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a free space for girls to learn and thrive.”
The tone and timing of the statement were blatant.
“The need for female leadership has never been clearer or more urgent than it is today — and only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need for success. Girl Scouts works. We’re committed to preparing the next generation of women leaders, and we’re here to stay,” the Girl Scouts concluded.
However, the Girl Scouts do allow some boys into their ranks. Back in 2015, they decided to accept boys who think they’re girls and live female lifestyles, according to CNN.
Meanwhile in Salt Lake City, the LDS Church, which is a major participant in Boy Scouts, said no change will be made to their programs. They pointed girls to their own female-only programs instead, according to the Deseret News.
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