Beginning in 2018 girls will be able to join cub scouts and be part of the Boy Scouts of America, this historic decision came after an unanimous decision by the board of directors in Irving, Texas.
Once cub scouts is over girls will have the choice of whether they want to join the Girl Scouts of America where they can be awarded with the Gold Award or they will have the opportunity to continue in Boy Scouts and they could earn Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts of America made this landmark decision after years of receiving requests by girls and families according to their website.
A big part of this is allowing families who have a boy and a girl to be able to drop their kids off at the same location as the website stated, “families are busier and more diverse than ever.”
We talked with people here in northeast Wisconsin including a father and a son from Manitowoc that said they would welcome girls into their cub scout troop and they said that right now there is just three boys in their den.
A father of twin girls who will turn seven in December likes the fact that his girls will have the power to make their own decisions saying that it’s up to them, but seeing them reach the coveted Eagle Scout would be great.
Girl Scouts of America have been against this move saying that this is a deliberate move take away some of their numbers.
Local 5 talked with some parents off camera who said that it is ridiculous that girls can join the Boy Scouts and worry that this will diminish the important role that the Girl Scouts play in young girls lives.