Central and western Massachusetts Girl Scouts: "Our focus is girls"

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Next year, girls will be allowed into the Cub Scouts programme, which had been limited to young boys.

"Only Girl Scouts brings the time-tested methods and research-backed programs that speak to leadership development specifically for girls".

KHAN: She contends the Girl Scouts are not anxious about their own group, but about what's best for girls. "We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children".

Boy Scout leaders said the change was needed to provide more options for parents.

KHAN: But if the mission of the Girl Scouts is to empower girls to go after the change they want to see, then it's fair to say girls like Sydney, Elena and Ella have done that and are now seeing results.

But will the inclusion of girls accelerate defections from the Boy Scouts, in the same way that ending the gay bans led to Mormon-LDS/evangelist defections?

She added, "Studies have show that girls thrive in a single-gender environment and that is what we are going to keep fighting for".

Girls can start participating in 2018, and it's up to each local charter on whether they want to allow girls into the group. "And we are actively helping today's girls tap into their potential; unlock new skills; and develop the courage, confidence, and character they need to be tomorrow's leaders", stated Leep.

While girls may have been involved in the past in programs for older teens, they were never eligible to be part of the Cub Scout or Boy Scout programs.

In fact, the Boy Scouts already offer two co-ed programs: The Venturing Program and The Explorer Program, and the scouts say they knew the time would come. The Cub Scout dens will be single-gender, all boys or all girls.

The Boy Scouts of America will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for older girls based on the Boy Scout curriculum that enables them to aspire to the coveted Eagle Scout rank. It had tried to dissuade the Boy Scouts from making the changes. "Boys should be able have a boys' club, and girls should be able to have a girls' club. I didn't feel left out of the Boy Scouts, at all", Nicole Frenock of Northampton told 22News.

It's unclear if boys will now be allowed to join the Girl Scouts, but that can't be too far off. And it's certainly surprising for me, a liberal feminist, to find myself agreeing with Donald Trump Jr., who expressed his dismay about the new policy - albeit for totally different reasons.