Boy Scouts to include girls in some programs

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The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday 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.

The plan calls for the smaller cub scout “Dens” to be single gender, boys or girls with larger “packs” having the option to have mixed-gender membership.

The program for older girls starts in 2019 and will enable girls to earn their Eagle Scout rank

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.

Meanwhile, The Girl Scouts of the USA criticized the change. They maintain it strained the century-old bond between the two organizations.

Girl Scout officials have suggested the BSA’s move was driven partly by financial problems and a need to boost revenue.