In a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America are announcing plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year. While they will be allowing girl into the program, the packs will still be separate.
According to AP reports they also plan on establishing a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scout that would eventually allow the girls to obtain the rank of an Eagle Scout. The program is not expected to start until 2019.
In that same report on KSL.com,
“The Girl Scouts of the USA criticized the initiative, saying it strained the century-old bond between the two organizations. Girl Scout officials have suggested the BSA’s move was driven partly by financial problems and a need to boost revenue.”
LDS Church Spokesperson Eric Hawkins released a statement to KSL:
“The Activity Days and Personal Progress programs of the Church have long been in place to meet the needs of girls and young women in these age groups, and no change will be made in Church programs. We recognize that the desire of the BSA is to expand their programs to serve more young people in the United States. The Church, too, continues to look at ways to serve the needs of our youth worldwide.”