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Boy Scouts Now Allow Girls Into Their Scouting Program

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Grab your vests and badges.The Boy Scouts of America was founded on February 8, 1910 by Robert Baden-Powell, and then in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized Girls Scouts. Boys and girls interested in scouting have always been separated by gender. Now the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), will allow girls to join their ranks, according to ocregister.com.

In the year 2018, girls will be able to join the Cub Scout Troops. With programs available, girls will be able to start working toward the Eagle Scout Awards in 2019.

After years of hearing from families about how they wish that their daughters were able to join the scouting program, the governing board of the Boy Scouts of America decided to do something about it. According to mnn.com, it wasn’t an accident that the BSA leaders decided to make the announcement that told people that girls could join Boy Scouts on October 11, 2017, designated as the day of the girl.

According todayofthegirl.org, on that day activist groups band together with the same goal: highlight, discuss and work hard to increase girls’ rights and more opportunities for girls all around the world.

Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, the Girl Scouts of USA’s national president, wasn’t thrilled about this idea.In a letter to her co-worker Randall Stephenson she wrote,“We are confused as to why, rather than working to appeal to the 90 percent of boys who are not involved in BSA programs, you would choose to target girls,” according to mnn.com

“The values of scouting- trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent for example- are important for both young men and women,” stated Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive, on the ocregister.com website. Boy Scout’s Chief Executive, Michael Surbaugh, and the Boy Scouts just want to bring out the best of the program. Their mission is to develop character and leadership for young people to as many people as possible, according to ocregister.com.

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