IRVING, Texas — In a historic change, the Boy Scouts are announcing 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 announced Wednesday, Cub Scout dens — the smallest unit — will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls. The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to welcome both genders if they choose.
The program for older girls is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.
Boy Scout leaders say the change is needed to provide more options for parents. The Girl Scouts organization has criticized the initiative, saying it strains the century-old bond between the two groups.
FOX 4 reached out to the Heart of America’s Boy Scout Council and it issued the following statement:
Today, October 11, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls.
Starting in the fall of 2018, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scout program, the BSA will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019. This approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.
Locally, the Heart of America Council will adhere to all policies and procedures set forth by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Today’s decision will allow us to serve more youth in the Kansas City Metro area and help us deliver the character development and values-based leadership programs that Scouting provides to prepare young people for future success.