Boy Scouts Plan to Admit Girls

The Boy Scouts of America will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting  next year and establish a new program for older girls based on the Boy  Scout curriculum. “The values of scouting--trustworthy, loyal, helpful,  kind, brave and reverent, for example--are important for both young men  and women,” Michael Surbaugh, chief scout executive, tells the AP. Under  the new plan, the small unit Cub Scout dens will be single-gender,  either all-boys or all-girls

 The larger Cub Scout packs will be given  the option to remain single gender or welcome both genders. Meanwhile,  the program for older girls is expected to start in 2019 and will enable them to pursue the coveted Eagle Scout rank. The  Girl Scouts of the USA have criticized the initiative, saying it  strains the century-old bond between the two organizations.