Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

LDS Church responds after Boy Scouts' vote to admit girls

LDS Church responds after Boy Scouts' vote to admit girls

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that it will allow girls to be part of its Cub Scouts programs beginning next year.

Girls will be allowed to join the Cub Scouts - a Scouting program for those aged 7-12 - next year, while older girls will be allowed to join the BSA at a later date.

Cub Scout dens, as the younger groups are called, will be separated by gender and allow the organization "to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today's families".

In making the decision, BSA released a questionnaire to parents regarding after-school activities and the response was overwhelming: 90 percent of parents surveyed expressed interest in signing up their daughters for a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent were interested in programs similar to Boy Scouts.

"The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, fearless and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Michael Surbaugh, the group's chief executive, said in a statement, reported by the Los Angeles Times.

"The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Surbaugh added.

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The Girl Scouts, founded in 1912, and the BSA, founded in 1910, are among several major youth organizations in the US experiencing sharp drops in membership in recent years.

After changing its policies on LGBT members and leaders, the Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday they will begin to integrate girls into the youth organization. But those programs have not offered a path to Eagle Scout for girls.

The Boy Scouts of America is going coed. She said it was a "covert campaign to recruit girls" and described it as "reckless" and "unsettling". "It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls". Officials said they went through "months of trying to engage with Leadership from the Girl Scouts organization" so they could "identify areas of opportunities for alignment in the future".

Wonderful and timely news from @boyscouts on the #DayoftheGirl!

The Girl Scouts, founded in 1912, and the BSA, founded in 1910, are among several major youth organizations in the US experiencing sharp drops in membership in recent years.

Both organizations have seen drops in memberships in recent years.

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