In a further degradation of a longstanding American institution, Boy Scouts of America have decided to allow girls into the ranks.
Under the plan, 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 remain single gender or welcome both genders. The program for older girls is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts board of directors, which approved the plan unanimously in a meeting at BSA headquarters in Texas, said the change was needed to provide more options for parents.
“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s chief scout executive.
One lifelong scout explained, “The Boy Scouts of America have always had co-ed options. In fact, there are more co-ed options than there are strictly boys only options. Girls who wish to join the Boy Scouts of America have always had the options of the Explorer program, the Venture program, the Sea Scouts program, and the Varsity program.”
Further the recent move, “Caves in to the ACLU and their ilk and should be viewed as a feminist attack on one of the last nationwide traditionalist youth organizations in America.”
The organization allowed for openly gay scoutmasters last year.