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Girls can be Boy Scouts too in 2018

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IRVING, Texas -

The Boy Scouts of America will no longer be an exclusive club just for boys. The organization's board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday to welcome girls into their club at every level from Cub Scouts up through Eagle Scouts.

A news release announcing the change stated that leaders in group researched the idea after years of receiving requests from families and girls to be included. Those research efforts involved taking input from current members and leaders as well as from parents and girls who have never been involved in Scouting.

Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said the announcement his organization believes it is critical to evolve their programs in order to meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children.

"We strive to bring what our organization does best — developing character and leadership for young people — to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders," Surbaugh said. 

The changes will begin in 2018. A fact sheet posted online about the new Family Scouting model indicates that Cub Scout packs and dens will be made up of three groups of children; boys only, girls only and one for both. Those three groups will then graduate their Scouts into higher tiers of just boys or just girls where they can then participate in the Venturing, Exploring, Sea Scouts and Stem Scouts specialty programs.

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