Boy Scouts to welcome girls into some programs

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IRVING, Texas (KWTX) The Boy Scouts of America will welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and will create a new program in which girls may advance to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout, the Texas-based organization announced Wednesday.

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“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law,” BSA Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said in a press release Wednesday.

“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders,” he said.

Beginning next year, families may sign up sons and daughters for Cub Scouts.

Cub Scout dens will be single gender, the organization said, and packs may decide whether to remain all-boy, coed or all-girl.

The BSA will announce a program in 2018 for older girls that will use the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program and will enable girls to earn the rank of Eagle Scout

That program is expected to be available in 2019.

The Girl Scouts organization has criticized the change and says it strains the century-old bond between the two groups.