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Boy Scouts board votes unanimously to allow girls to join

Boy Scouts board votes unanimously to allow girls to join

Cub Scout packs, which are larger and include a number of dens, will have the option to welcome both genders if they choose.

Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's chief scout executive, said reinforcing positive character traits is important for everyone.

Under the plan, Cub Scout dens - the smallest unit - will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls. After joining dens, they would be able to continue with the organization and eventually earn the coveted Eagle Scout rank. "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's Chief Scout Executive.

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday they'll be accepting older girls into programming.

Sydney Ireland, a NY teenager who has long pushed for the rights of girls to join the Scouts, tells NBC News that she is very happy with the board's decision.

The scouts had repeatedly received requests over the years to allow girls into its ranks.




The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that they will officially begin to allow girls into their ranks.

In January, the Boy Scouts made a decision to allow transgender boys to join and welcomed its first transgender member, a 9-year-old from New Jersey, the next month. For some families, scouting programs that welcome both boys and girls could be a welcome convenience. "We strive to bring what our organization does best - developing character and leadership for young people - to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders".

"I just want to do what the Boy Scouts do - earn the merit badges and earn the Eagle Award", she told NBC News.

The Girl Scouts of the U.S. reprimanded the activity, saying it stressed the extremely old bond between the two associations. Girl Scout officials have suggested the BSA's move was driven partly by financial problems and a need to boost revenue.

In August, the president of the Girl Scouts accused the Boy Scouts of seeking to covertly recruit girls into their programs while disparaging the Girl Scouts' operations. The Boy Scouts say current youth cooperation is in regards to 2.35 million, down from 2.6 million of every 2013 and more than 4 million in crest a very long time of the past. The Washington Post reported the Boy and Girl Scouts have lost around a million members each in the last decade.