Boy Scouts to Accept Girls Into Organization Starting in 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Boy Scouts will soon start accepting girls for the first time in history.

Starting in 2018, the organization will let girls into the Cub Scout program.

Existing packs may choose to remain all-boys, establish a new girl pack, or create a pack that has both girl and boy dens.

Cub Scout dens will stay single-gender, either all boys or all girls.

Girl Scout leaders in our region say programming will still remain the same.

"We'll continue to do what we've always done best, and we'll continue to use our knowledge and our expertise to provide girl-centric programming and continue to encourage girls to develop their leadership skills in a safe, girl-centric environment," said Vicki Fewel, a volunteer board member with the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

The Scouts will also develop a program for older girls so they can become Eagle Scouts, the Boy Scouts' highest honor.

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