Get ready, ladies! The Boy Scouts announced on Wednesday, Oct. 11, that they're letting girls join the 107-year-old organization. "The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls," the group said in a statement.
Not only will younger girls be allowed in the Cub Scouts, but older girls will also be eligible to earn the prestigious Eagle Scout title. "Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing," the BSA continued.
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Not surprisingly, the announcement received mixed reactions, including a strongly-worded message from the Girl Scouts. "Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA's senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls," they said in a statement to ABC News.
In a previous blog post, they wrote, "The need for female leadership has never been clearer or more urgent than it is today — and only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need for success. The benefit of the single-gender environment has been well-documented by educators, scholars, other girl and youth-serving organizations, and Girl Scouts and their families. Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind experience for girls with a program tailored specifically to their unique developmental needs."
Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., also commented on the change, writing on Twitter: "Strange, I thought that's what the Girl Scouts was for???" The expansion will take place in 2018.
Strange, I thought that's what the Girl Scouts was for??? https://t.co/8Dhub01Ihi— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 11, 2017
Others have accused the organization of approving the decision to help boost enrollment numbers, which have reportedly been falling for years. According to CNN, BSA had 2.3 million youth members in 2016 compared to 2.8 million in 2012. At its peak in 1972, it boasted 6.5 million members.
While we're always happy to see inclusion, the BSA doesn't sell cookies, so...