Girl Scouts of the USA

In historic shift, Boy Scouts to expand girls' participation

In historic shift, Boy Scouts to expand girls' participation

In its latest momentous policy shift, the Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday it will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for older girls that will enable them to achieve the coveted Eagle Scout rank.

The Boy Scouts, founded in 1910 and long considered a bastion of tradition, have undergone major changes in the past five years, agreeing to accept openly gay youth members and adult volunteers, as well as transgender boys.

The expansion of girls' participation, approved unanimously by the organization's board of directors, is arguably the biggest change yet, opening the way for hundreds of thousands of girls to join.

John Cary,...

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