Boy Scouts to ad­mit girls in Cub Scouts

The Daily Courier - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — In its lat­est mo­men­tous pol­icy shift, the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica will ad­mit girls into the Cub Scouts start­ing next year and es­tab­lish a new pro­gram for older girls based on the Boy Scout cur­ricu­lum that en­ables them to as­pire to the cov­eted Ea­gle Scout rank.

Founded in 1910 and long con­sid­ered a bas­tion of tra­di­tion, the Boy Scouts have un­der­gone ma­jor changes in the past five years, agree­ing to accept openly gay youth mem­bers and adult vol­un­teers, as well as trans­gen­der boys.

The ex­pan­sion of girls’ par­tic­i­pa­tion, an­nounced Wed­nes­day af­ter unan­i­mous ap­proval by the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s board of direc­tors, is ar­guably the big­gest change yet, po­ten­tially open­ing the way for hun­dreds of thou­sands of girls to join.

Many scout­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in other coun­tries al­ready al­low both gen­ders and use gen­der-free names such as Scouts Canada. But for now, the Boy Scout la­bel will re­main.

“There are no plans to change our name at this time,” spokes­woman Effie De­li­markos said in an email.

Un­der the new plan, Cub Scout dens — the small­est unit — will be sin­gle-gen­der, ei­ther all boys or all girls. The larger Cub Scout packs will have the op­tion to re­main sin­gle gen­der or wel­come both gen­ders. The pro­gram for older girls is ex­pected to start in 2019.

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