Visit our new website:

Boy Scouts Finally Allows Girls to Join in Historic Change

  • Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:37
Post by Jordyn Smith.

 boy scouts

For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has served as an organization that works to bring young boys and men together in the name of friendship, charity, and exploration. Like many older organizations, it has been a little slower to implement certain updates in the name of progress. But its most recent change -- which will officially allow young girls to be admitted in the Cub and Boy Scouts -- is a major adjustment that many have been waiting for. 

Not only will girls soon be able to join the Cub Scouts, but as equal members they will also have a chance to become Eagle Scouts -- the scouts' highest honorary rank. Instead of complete integration, BSA will still separate scout units by gender. "Cub Scout dens will be single-gender -- all boys or all girls," the organization said in an official statement.

These changes will take effect in 2018, starting with the younger boys and girls. Programs for older girls wishing to earn the Eagle Scout rank will be made available sometime in 2019. 

More from CafeMom: All This 15-Year-Old Girl Wants Is to Be a Boy Scout -- and We Are So for It

Girls have been allowed to join Venturing and Sea Scouts -- which are two BSA divisions that involve outdoor activity -- for some time. They're also welcome in the Exploring division, which is a program centered around math and science with a focus on career-based mentoring and STEM. Still, none of these divisions have previously allowed girls to follow the path to becoming Eagle Scouts. 

In January 2017, BSA announced that it was opening membership to transgender boys and accepting children based on gender identity. Allowing girls to join is the next step to fostering an inclusive environment that allows all children to earn badges together. 

Organization officials say that these changes are meant to reflect the changing of the times. After conducting two separate nationwide surveys, BSA found that parents who were not currently involved in scouting had keen interest in signing their daughters up for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. 

"We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children," Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts, told NBC News

Although these changes certainly seem to signal positive, forward-thinking mobility, not everyone is happy about them. In August, Buzzfeed gained access to a letter written by Girl Scouts of the USA president Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, criticizing BSA for attempting to poach girl scouts in an effort to make up for "declining membership."

More from CafeMom: Girl Scout Says What We're All Thinking in Hilariously Honest Cookie Reviews

"Rather than seeking to fundamentally transform BSA into a co-ed program, we believe strongly that Boy Scouts should instead take steps to ensure that they are expanding the scope of their programming to all boys, including those who BSA has historically underserved and underrepresented, such as African American and Latino boys," she wrote. 

Whether or not you question the motivation behind the BSA's new inclusive membership guidelines, it is important to remember the kids who will be benefiting from it. Allowing girls the chance to be a part of organizations that cater to their varied interests is an amazing thing. With its rules about den separation, these changes shouldn't have huge effects on any existing or new "all-boy" dens. We are certainly excited to see how the organization and its participants adjust in the face of this transformation. 

The Stir by CafeMom


Related Stories

This New Photo of Khloe Kardashian Has Fans Questioning Her Pregnancy
  • Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:35

Post by Maressa Brown. Rumor has it that tonight's Keeping Up With the Kardashians mid-season finale is going to offer up the moment we've all been ...

Kobe Bryant is finally ready to say goodbye
  • Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:06

The Lakers' legend grew up devouring VHS highlights of Wilt, Magic and West. Bryant's jerseys will join theirs on Monday night, as he'll move on from ...

Conference FACT-O in Vancouver: "Impacts of Climate Change on the Ocean: Focus on Deep Ocean and Biodiversity"
  • Mon, 18 Dec 2017 02:31

The FACT-O Vancouver conference (« French Ameri-Can Climate Talks – Ocean ») took place at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum of the Univ...

Finally healthy, Ligety playing catch-up with his technique
  • Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:42

LA VILLA, Italy (AP) -- Now that Ted Ligety is charging again after two injury-riddled seasons, the American giant slalom specialist is playing...

7 Differences and Similarities of Living in Miami and Seoul
  • Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:36

I was born in Miami and grew up in the metropolitan South Florida area. It was a place I never considered moving away from despite how much it began t...

8 Places Worldwide to Find Your Soulmate
  • Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:35

Being a traveler and finding love can be a great challenge for those that live their life tied to the road. If you are ready to search for your soulma...

Boucheron begins restoration of historic Place Vendôme flagship
  • Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:24

French jeweler Boucheron is letting nature take its course as it renovates its historic mansion at 26 Place Vendôme in Paris. Out of home – Luxury...

4 Unwritten Laws of Being Single
  • Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:35

Being single can be a personal choice or just a situation you find yourself in, but you should embrace it and enjoy it while it lasts. The reason why ...

Kylie Jenner's Due Date Is Allegedly Sooner Rather Than Later
  • Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:35

Post by Maressa Brown. Kylie Jenner continues to stay out of the spotlight, and rumors continue to swirl about the 20-year-old's reported pregnancy. ...

If Life Is Precious, Why Are Not You Living Like You Are Going to Die Tomorrow?
  • Sun, 17 Dec 2017 04:36

Life is precious – but many of us, myself included, find ourselves saying the following: I do not have enough time to do xyz. If I only had xyz amou...

The 'Lazy' Mom's Holiday Bucket List
  • Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:35

Post by Meredith Bland. It's the most wonderful time of the year, they say. Your kids have been looking forward to it for months, they tell you. The ...

Michelle Duggar's Latest Photo With Her Kids Brings Out the Haters
  • Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:35

Post by Jenny Erikson. People love to hate on the Duggars. Even when the family posts super cute pictures of them doing fun activities and spending t...

News Categories