Boy Scouts of America makes historic decision to admit girls

October 12, 2017 - 7:07 am

The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that for the first time in its 107-year history it will allow girls to join.

Girls will be allowed to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor the BSA offers. 

It's about time, said Heather Martin, a volunteer scout leader in the Kansas City area.

"I have just as many girls ask if they can be in Cub Scouts as girls," Martin said. "Over 90 percent of the people surveyed wanted a program for their girls to be in like Cub Scouts."

The scouting board of directors voted unanimously to make the change. The vote was influenced by two commissioned nationwide surveys that showed parents had a strong interest in signing up their daughters for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

The Girl Scouts organization has traditionally opposed the idea of Boy Scouts accepting girls. Their research showed that many girls develop best in an all-female environment. 

In a Daily Caller story the Girl Scouts chief customer officer said the BSA's decision was strictly based on declining membership numbers. 

Boy Scout participation peaked in 1972, when it had 6.5 million members. By 2016 the number of youth had dropped to 2.3 million.

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