For a hundred years, The Boy Scouts Of America badge has been exclusively available to — well, boys, but that’s about to change, with the organization announcing today — on International Day Of The Girl, no less — that girls will be allowed to join. Female Eagle Scouts? You go, girl.
Quoth NBC News, which still has a license as of this writing:
The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest honor.
“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” said Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts.
The scouting board of directors voted unanimously to make the historic change in an organization that has been primarily for boys since its founding more than 100 years ago.
Starting next year, young girls can join Cub Scout units, known as dens. Local scouting organizations can choose to have dens for girls and dens for boys. “Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls,” the organization said in a statement.
A separate program for older girls will be available in 2019, BSA said, enabling them to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Is a name change in the works? Just “Scouts”, perhaps? It would seem they have some poster-changin’ to do.
Next hot potato topic: what will the policy be regarding transgender kids?