Boy Scouts welcome girls to program

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Since the Boy Scout organization announced a major change to reflect the fact that both boys and girls can participate in one of its programs, Cub Scout Ruby Provo and girls like her will soon be able to join as members. "Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA's senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls", a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts told ABC News.

Scout Me In, that's the name of Boy Scouts of America's latest recruitment campaign.

"As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible", said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. The organization says it has almost 2.3 million youth members between five and 21, a decrease from the 2.8 million members in 2012. This gender-neutral term will affect the program for 11- to 17-year-olds and allow girls and non-binary youth to join.

For the last 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been preparing young lads for life, but starting next year, that mission will be extended to include young ladies.

A Republican vying for the Georgia governor's seat thinks the rationale behind the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) decision to drop "boy" from one of its program's names would have led to America's defeat by Nazi Germany in World War II.

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"Fact: Girl Scouts works", the organization tweeted. "In its peak years, BSA had more than 4 million participants", reports John Bacon for USA Today. By the way, that laughter you hear is probably coming from the Girl Scouts.

For 10-year-old Ana Garcia, being around the Boy Scout organization was like a second home for her. Since announcing the BSA's historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA's Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year. So she's joining Scouts BSA next year.

"I know this will come as a real shock to a lot of modern people, but there really is a difference between boys and girls and the way they think and grow up", he said. "With declining membership, they need the girls or it would be called Bankrupt Scouts".

Among the initiatives is creation of numerous new badges that girls can earn, focusing on outdoor activities and on science, engineering, technology and math.

"How do you manage these strategic tensions?" she asked. "So we'll still be Girl Scouts". And both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts have seen membership shrink.

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