(U.S.) – As of Friday, February 1st, girls are officially permitted to become part of what’s now being called Scouts BSA.
Girls between the ages of 11 and 17 are now permitted to be part of the organization.
The move comes after some controversy last year over the organization. With the change, the Boy Scouts of America notes it will recognize its first class of female Eagle Scouts in 2020. That is the highest rank in the Scouts BSA and can offer lifelong academic and professional benefits.
Already, more than 77,000 girls across the country have joined Cub Scouts, a program for younger children, since it began welcoming girls last year.