An historic change for the Boy Scouts of America as Cub Scout dens are no longer an all-boys club. For the first time, girls will be welcomed into all ranks, but who knows if they really even want to join?
Starting in 2018, Cub Scout dens will still be single gender, either all boys or all girls. The larger Cub Scout packs will get to choose to stay single-gender or welcome both.
A new program, just for the older girls, will start in 2019 and give them the chance to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. That title is a pretty big deal as only 4 percent of scouts ever earn it. When the Scouts were founded in 1910, they made the Eagle Scout rank the most coveted. It requires 21 merit badges and thousands of hours of service. It was reserved for boys only, until now.
The Boy Scouts of America says the organization is just looking to help out busy parents. Even though the change is empowering young girls, the Girl Scouts is not too thrilled about the development, saying it strains the bond between the two organizations.
The Girl Scouts claims the male counterpart organization is having financial problems and is in need of a revenue boost.
The president of the Girl Scouts threw shade at the Boy Scouts in a letter that was published by Buzzfeed.
"I formally request your organization stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not currently participating in boy scouts."
The decline in membership however, has been felt on both sides.