Boy Scouts to ex­pand girls’ par­tic­i­pa­tion

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

The Girl Scouts of the USA said they re­mained com­mit­ted to their sin­gle-gen­der mis­sion.

“Girl Scouts is, and will re­main, the scouting pro­gram that truly ben­e­fits U.S. girls by pro­vid­ing a safe space for them to learn and lead,” the Girl Scouts said in a state­ment.

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