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Boy Scouts to let girls join, earn Eagle Scout rank

11 October 2017

Existing packs, or community-level units, can decide to establish new girl packs or co-ed packs.

"This decision is true to the BSA's mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law", the BSA's Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said in a statement.

The board noted that all Cub Scout dens "will be single-gender - all boys or all girls", however. This program will enable them to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. "The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, fearless and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Michael Surbaugh, the group's chief executive, said in a statement.

The plan was unanimously approved by the Boy Scouts board of directors.

For the first time in their more than 100-year history, Boy Scouts of America will now welcome girls to all ranks.

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"I formally request that your organization stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not now participating in Boy Scouts. and not consider expanding to recruit girls", wrote GSUSA President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan in a letter to the BSA's president, AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson.

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.

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

The decision comes after the group was slammed by the president of the Girl Scouts, who claimed Boy Scouts of America had instituted a "covert campaign to recruit girls".

Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, president of the Girl Scouts of the U.S., in an August letter to Boy Scouts President Randall Stephenson accused the BSA of a "covert campaign" to recruit girls amid "well documented" declining membership, the Washington Post reported.

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The admission of girls to the Cub Scout program will being in 2018.

"Families today are busier and more diverse than ever".

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.

Cub Scouts range in age from 7 to 10, and Boy Scout members can be as young as 10 if they have finished the fifth grade.

The Girl Scouts, established in 1912, and the BSA, established in 1910, are among a few noteworthy youth associations in the USA encountering sharp drops in participation lately.

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Boy Scouts to let girls join, earn Eagle Scout rank