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Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017

Boy Scouts will now admit girls, join transgender and homosexuals, ‘it is critical to evolve’

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that it will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for teenage girls, a move that marks a historic shift for the organization founded for young men more than a century ago.

“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women,” Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement.

photo Marcus Werthmann

“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best — developing character and leadership for young people — to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders,” he said.

The program for older girls is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

Officials from the Girl Scouts did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, the organization issued a statement that implicitly challenged the Boy Scouts’ decision without mentioning it.

“The need for female leadership has never been clearer or more urgent than it is today — and only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need for success,” the statement says. “We’re committed to preparing the next generation of women leaders, and we’re here to stay.”

 

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