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.
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