>> Starting next year, Boy Scouts of America will let girls enroll in Cub Scouts and allow them to eventually earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts Chief Executive Mike Surbaugh made the announcement on Wednesday.>> What we found most important to parents that have daughters is they want a chance to participate in the leadership development programs of the Boy Scouts, have a program like that.
But ultimately, many of them aspire to be Eagle Scout.>> The 100-year-old group's board of directors made the unanimous decision after years of request from families and girls, including 16-year-old Sydney Ireland, who's wanted to be a Boy Scout since she was 4 years old.>> It's amazing to see the Boy Scouts make this change because it shows that they really care about the future of this country, which includes young women now.
>> But there's been mixed reaction to this historic move. Girl Scouts of the USA releasing a statement saying girls strive in a girl only environment and accusing the Boy Scouts of trying to boost dwindling membership. Boy Scouts, which has lost a third of its members since 2000, will allow girls to join the 7 to 10 year old Cub Scouts, next year.
The so-called dens will be single-gender. A program for older girls that will allow them to earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest achievement in the organization, is expected to begin in 2019.