HISTORIC CHANGE: Boy Scouts of America Will Allow Girls to Earn Eagle Scout

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The Boy Scouts of America announced today it’s plans to create a program for older girls, patterned after the Boy Scout curriculum, which will allow girls to earn their Eagle Scout. The new girls’ program will likely begin in 2019.

The BSA also announced it will allow girls to participate in Cub Scouts, starting next year (2018). The smaller cub scout groups will welcome a single gender, while the larger cub scouts groups will be either single or multi-gendered.

Girl Scout officials expressed concern that the Boy Scouts will syphon off their girl scouts to recruit them to the BSA programs, in order to boost their revenue. Kathy Hannan, the president of the Girl Scouts of the USA said

I formally request that your organization stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not currently participating in Boy Scouts … and not consider expanding to recruit girls,

Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church issued this statement in reaction to the news

The Activity Days and Personal Progress programs of the Church have long been in place to meet the needs of girls and young women in these age groups, and no change will be made in Church programs. We recognize that the desire of the BSA is to expand their programs to serve more young people in the United States. The Church, too, continues to look at ways to serve the needs of our youth worldwide.

What do you think about the change? Are you excited? Do you think it’ll be problematic?

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2 thoughts on “HISTORIC CHANGE: Boy Scouts of America Will Allow Girls to Earn Eagle Scout

  • This is garbage. Its the BOY scouts. I have 2 sons and 2 daughters and both my boys have their eagle award. This program should be for boys only. This announcement makes me sad.

  • I taught cub scouts in my home many years ago. My daughter had seen the things the boys did and could hardly wait until she turned 8 so she could attended girl scouts. After attending her second girl scout meeting she came home and told me she was not going back because “they do stupid girl stuff”!
    In high school she took welding, wood working, electronics and would have taken shop but the “girls” shop class was at the same time as her cross country/track class (she lettered in both). She had 6 brothers and liked to do the fun things the boys did. She also received an award in homemaking for her outstanding skills in sewing! She can be very feminine but she also knows how to do lots of home repairs. If the girl scouts met the needs of these girls they wouldn’t need to worry about loosing them to the BSA!

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