Young girls can finally join the Cub Scouts next year
For the first time in its 107 year history, the Boy Scouts of America will allow young girls to join the Cub Scouts program as early as next year. Wednesday's historic announcement now gives young women in 2019, the opportunity work their way up the ranks and become Eagle Scouts as well.
According to the Boy Scouts of America's website, the organization's Board of Directors, unanimously voted to let young girls join the Cub Scouts. This comes after years of getting requests from families and their daughters, who were asking to join the scouting program.
Starting next year, families can sign up their daughters for all female Cub Scout dens or packs, depending on their ages.
Girl Scouts of Alaska CEO Sue Perles heard the news, which now, gives girls and their families an additional choice when it comes to scouting.
"If they like the Boy Scout curriculum, and they like how the Boy Scouts run their programs, I think it will be a good opportunity for some girls," Perles said.
She says there are approximately 6,000 girls within their scouting ranks. Nationally, there are about 1.8 million girls. She believes the Girl Scouts is still the better option for young girls.
"Our programs are very clear," Perles said. "We are the premier leadership organization for girls in the world, and we will continue to focus on girl leadership."
Within the next few years, one female will soon become the nation's first female Eagle Scout.
"They will go on to do terrific things if they choose to pursue Boy Scouts, and go through the Eagle Scout program," said Perles. "I'm sure they will do a terrific job."