HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Boy Scouts of America announced in a press release Wednesday morning that the Board of Directors have unanimously approved to welcome girls into their Cub Scout program.
In 2018, parents will have the choice to sign their sons as well as daughters up for Cub Scouts. Next year Boy Scouts will formally announce a program for older girls to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, which will be available in 2019.
Cub Scout "dens," as they are referred to, will be single-gender, allowing the organization "to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today's families," the Boy Scouts of America said in a press release.
"This decision is true to the BSA's mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women," said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's Chief Scout Executive. "We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children."
This is not the first time they've introduced co-ed programs, with the Exploring and the Venturing program beginning in 1971, according to the release.