The announcement that girls will be allowed to join the cub scouts starting next year may come as a surprise to some people, but, the Boy Scouts of America just made a decision that takes a big step forward for gender equality.
After more than 100 years of being an organization primarily for boys, the historic change came about after the scouting board of advisors voted unanimously to make the change. Prior to the decision, two nationwide surveys were commissioned. These surveys reflected that parents not involved in scouting had high interest in signing their daughters up for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts said, "We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children."
Today the BSA opens a new chapter in our history w/a unanimous vote to welcome girls to Cub through Eagle Rank. https://t.co/CYl8tU1yJJ— Mike Surbaugh (@BSAchief) October 11, 2017
The organization said that starting next year, girls will have the choice to join scout units known as dens, and the local organization will have the option to decide to have dens for boys and dens for girls. The Cub Scouts, which is for younger scouts, will have single gender dens that are either for all girls or all boys. A separate program for older girls will become available in 2019.
Girls are allowed to participate in four scouting programs, but none of which offered the opportunity to reach the rank of Eagle Scout for girls. This latest change will present girls with the opportunity to achieve the highest possible Boy Scout rank.
Of course, not everyone is happy about the historical change. Many opposed to it took to Twitter to voice their opinion for the world to see.
Ahem! May I have your attention, please? I would like to remind you that men and women ARE different. That is all. Carry on.#BoyScouts— Pam Besteder (@pambesteder) October 11, 2017
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New names for the #BOYscouts— Tom G Stark (@TomStark913) October 11, 2017
Non-gender specific scouts
Or simply "inclusion scouts"
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The positive aspect is that this bold move is very progressive and intends to reflect the changing nature of American life, but is there such thing as too much inclusiveness?