In his­toric change, Boy Scouts to let girls in some pro­grams

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - WEATHER -

NEW YORK » Em­brac­ing a his­toric change, the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica an­nounced Wed­nes­day plans to ad­mit girls into the Cub Scouts start­ing next year and to es­tab­lish a new pro­gram for older girls us­ing the same cur­ricu­lum as the Boy Scouts.

Un­der the plan, Cub Scout dens — the small­est unit — will be sin­gle­gen­der. 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 and will en­able girls to earn the cov­eted rank of Ea­gle Scout.

The Boy Scouts board of di­rec­tors, which ap­proved the plan unan­i­mously in a meet­ing at BSA head­quar­ters in Texas, said the change was needed to pro­vide more op­tions for par­ents.

“The values of Scout­ing — trust­wor­thy, loyal, help­ful, kind, brave and rev­er­ent, for ex­am­ple — are im­por­tant for both young men and women,” said Michael Sur­baugh, the BSA’s chief Scout ex­ec­u­tive.

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