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Despite the Boy Scouts limiting members to only boys for over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that they will now allow girls to join and earn the Eagle Scout status. The decision came about after a unanimous decision by the board of directors.
Michael Surbaugh, who is the Chief Executive of the Boy Scouts, stated:
“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children.”
Next year, local units of the Cub Scouts, which is made up of 1st through 5th graders, will have the ability to decide whether they want their “den” to be all girls or all boys, since the organization stated that “Cub Scout dens will be single-gender.” Then, in 2019 a new program will be available for older girls to join and earn the Eagle Scout rank.
NBC News reports:
Earlier this year, the National Organization for Women urged the Boy Scouts to admit girls to the entire program, supporting the efforts of a New York teenager, Sydney Ireland, to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, as her older brother did.
“I just want to do what the Boy Scouts do — earn the merit badges and earn the Eagle Award,” she told NBC News. “The Girl Scouts is a great organization, but it's just not the program that I want to be part of. I think girls should just have the opportunity to be a member of any organization they want regardless of gender.”
But the internet isn't liking the decision so much:
Boy Scouts let in girls, all the boys leave. Girl Scouts let in boys, all the girls leave. Then we switch their names and — hey wait.
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) October 11, 2017
Fast forward one week after cultural Marxists allowed girls into the Boy Scouts... pic.twitter.com/mVgRcErDc3
— GRANT J. KIDNEY 🇺🇸 (@GrantJKidney) October 11, 2017
I was a #BoyScout. I am an Eagle Scout. I don't see anything wrong with boys in a male environment learning how to become leaders & men.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) October 11, 2017
Masculinity is under attack.
— Scott Kaye (@sbkaye) October 11, 2017
So boys and be in the Girl Scouts?
— Rob (@ButtHurtDad42) October 11, 2017
I thought that was called Girl Scouts..
— david|ford (@fordmdave) October 11, 2017
So much for “boy” scouts
— Lachlanmckinion (@LachlanMckinion) October 11, 2017
Then will the girl scouts let in boys?
— Charlie Aspinwall (@CharlieAspinwa2) October 11, 2017
Will the decision mean that the world gets blessed with twice as many cookies? One can only hope.