NEW YORK — Embracing a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America introduced Wednesday plans to confess women into the Cub Scouts beginning subsequent yr and to determine a brand new program for older women utilizing the identical curriculum because the Boy Scouts.
Beneath the plan, Cub Scout dens — the smallest unit — will probably be single-gender, both all-boys or all-women. The bigger Cub Scout packs could have the choice to stay single gender or welcome each genders. This system for older women is predicted to start out in 2019 and can allow women to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts board of administrators, which permitted the plan unanimously in a gathering at BSA headquarters in Texas, stated the change was wanted to offer extra choices for folks.
“We consider it’s essential to evolve how our packages meet the wants of households considering constructive and lifelong experiences for his or her youngsters,” stated Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s chief scout government.
“The values of Scouting — reliable, loyal, useful, sort, courageous and reverent, for instance — are essential for each younger women and men,” Surbaugh added.
The announcement follows many months of outreach by the BSA, which distributed movies and held conferences with the Boy Scout group to debate the potential of increasing women’ participation past present packages, corresponding to Venturing and Sea Scouts.
The Woman Scouts of the USA criticized the initiative, saying it strained the century-previous bond between the 2 organizations. Woman Scout officers have instructed the BSA’s transfer was pushed partly by monetary issues and a necessity to spice up income.
In August, the president of the Woman Scouts accused the Boy Scouts of in search of to covertly recruit women into their packages whereas disparaging the Woman Scouts’ operations.
“I formally request that your group keep targeted on serving the ninety % of American boys not presently collaborating in Boy Scouts … and never contemplate increasing to recruit women,” wrote GSUSA President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan in a letter to the BSA’s president, AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson.
The Woman Scouts, based in 1912, and the BSA, based in 1910, are amongst a number of main youth organizations within the U.S. experiencing sharp drops in membership in recent times. Causes embrace competitors from youth sports activities leagues, a notion by some households that they’re old style and busy schedules that immediate…