The Boy Scouts have announced their controversial decision to start admitting girls into their ranks, with programs for girl Cub Scouts as soon as this year and an Eagle Scout program for girls by 2019:
“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs 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.”
Dens will still be separated by gender, but girls will be able to earn all the same merit badges and go on similar trips to boy groups.
The response has been mixed. There's the usual meatheads who think mixing men and women together marks the end of society, there are the people who think this is a way to steal membership from Girl Scout troops in an era where people aren't rushing to join either organization, and then there are those who are simply thrilled.
CNN analyst Asha Rangappa responded to the news in a thread that many people are agreeing with. She basically says that Boy Scouts offers better programming and is easier to join: