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Boy Scouts to admit girls into programs

Boy Scouts to admit girls into programs

In a statement about the monumental change, Michael Surbaugh, the Boy Scouts' chief scout executive, said, "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women".

"The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, fearless and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", he said.

After consideration, the Church announced it would remain a sponsoring member of the BSA, although it would make its own decisions about who to appoint as scout leaders.

But starting in August, any kid 7 to 10 years old can sign up for the Cub Scout program.

Girls will be allow to join the Cub Scouts in 2018 and the program for Eagle Scouts is projected to begin in 2019, according to the release.

The company cited studies showing that cultural and economic factors made programs that could serve both boys and girls more appealing to modern families.

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In a historic shift, the Boy Scouts of America will let girls enroll in Cub Scouts starting next year and allow them to eventually earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout through a separate program, the organization said on Wednesday.

The organization announced in January that it would allow transgender boys to join.

Girls could previously be apart of other programs - Venturing and Sea Scouting, both of which focus on outdoor activities, the career-oriented Exploring program and STEM - but could not become Eagle Scouts, according to the Scouts website.

In the past, the Girl Scouts have been cool to the idea of admitting girls into the Boy Scouts, citing research which showed that many girls learn best in an all-female environment. She said it was a "covert campaign to recruit girls" and described it as "reckless" and "unsettling". That didn't sit well with the Girl Scouts of the U.S., whose leadership accused the Boy Scouts of running a "covert campaign to recruit girls".

Wonderful and timely news from @boyscouts on the #DayoftheGirl! "The Girl Scouts is a great organization, but it's just not the program I want to be apart of". And deliberations about opening its membership to girls drew a heated letter from the Girl Scouts of America, which has also seen its membership decline in recent years.