Earlier this afternoon the Boy Scouts of America’s national board of directors unanimously approved welcoming girls into the Cub Scouts program and delivering a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Since the decision, the Indian Waters Council has heard from many of its constituents both positive and skeptical feedback of this policy change

“We have observed that overall, those in our Scouting family in the Midlands have been in favor of the idea to include girls in Cub Scouting,” says Doug Stone, Scouting Executive for the Indian Waters Council.

Those skeptical of the decision have expressed that Boy Scouts should remain as its name suggests, just for boys.

“This plan changes nothing about our Boy Scout program; it will remain single gender,” says Stone. “The program for older girls that will allow them to earn the rank of Eagle Scout will be announced in 2018 and rollout in 2019.”

This decision by the BSA’s board of directors comes after long and thoughtful evaluation of how to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible and adapt to the changing needs of today’s families. These evaluations included results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — as well as parents and girls who have never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the BSA also will deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable girls to earn the Eagle Scout rank.

“The great volunteers and staff at Indian Waters Council look forward to supporting our families and Scouters in new ways with these expanded program offerings,” says Stone.

Use this link to learn more information: https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/press-releases/bsa-expands-programs-welcome-girls-cub-scouts-highest-rank-eagle-scout/

Sharon Sanders
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