A program for older girls - mirroring the Boy Scout curriculum - is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts of America will be fully inclusive for girls for the first time in its almost 100-year history, its leaders announced Wednesday, the latest move to adapt the organization's rules in an era of declining membership. "Let's face it. We live in a coed society, but we're giving girls the skills and the tools and the resources to be able to, yes the word is to compete, but also to thrive". It's not even the first time BSA has opened its ranks to youth who are not boys - teen girls, for example, have been able to join its Venturing program since the late-20th century. "Especially with older kids 16 and 17 years old - what's on their minds?" he said. "Putting it on resumes, that will always be something that colleges and places of employment will always look at and know that this girl is very impressive and she means business".
Yarbrough was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning. And for some young women, the chance to participate in Boy Scouting programs will give them a chance to pursue their goals in exciting ways. "We offer an all-girl, girl-led environment, which girls need". The Troop 2251 committee has discussed the issue and will be making a recommendation for the church council, he said. Surbaugh said there would continue to be a ban on mixed-gender overnight outings for scouts ages 11 to 14.
Girl Scout officials have suggested the BSA's move was driven partly by a need to boost revenues.
Founded in 1910 and long considered a bastion of tradition, the Boy Scouts have undergone major changes in the past five years, agreeing to accept openly gay youth members and adult volunteers, as well as transgender boys.
Shirley said her granddaughter could run with the boys.
He said that although his six-year-old daughter has expressed interest in joining the Girl Scouts one day, he won't let her become a Cub Scout.
"All of our issues have weakened us to the point where the Boy Scouts now see opportunities", she said. While many national representatives have criticized the announcement, some lifetime Girl Scouts say it might be beneficial, potentially serving as a wake-up call to the national Girl Scouts organization.
But if there's been a knock on Girl Scouts, it's that it hasn't provided the same range of experiences. He said, "We have families that have a son in the program, the daughter is tagging along a lot of the time".
"Peter Jones with the Boy Scouts of America Montana Council disagrees".
"The girls got little to no actual camp experience except sleeping in a platform tent that was set up for them before they got to camp", she said.
"Only 4 percent right now earn the rank of Eagle Scout", Skelly told VOA.
According to the Boy Scouts of America 2016 Annual Report, there were 1,262,311 boys in Cub Scouts across the country.
When it comes to programming, she said, "You can't just have girls be an afterthought". "For co-ed groups, it does say that there must be a girl leader when female troops are present and male leaders for boy troop members".
GSUSA said 90% of female astronauts, 80% of female tech leaders, 75% of the current female senators, and all female US Secretaries of State were girl scouts. "I'm thrilled because the girls that I work with have said that they had wished the Boy Scout programs were available to them, so now not only can the younger girls and their siblings get involved, but I'm also thrilled that these programs will be available to all children".