It’s a new era for Boy Scouts of America. The organization is shifting gears and allowing girls into two of its programs.
Wayne Pancoast, the Scout Executive and CEO of the Jayhawk Area Council said starting in the fall they will offer girls to join what used to be the Cub Scout program. The new program will be called Scout Me In.
He said the change is happening across the nation, and he hopes it will add convenience to parents hectic schedules.
“Just the time it takes to go cover everything and do everything,” Pancoast said, “so they don’t have to go to separate places, they can just go to one place and do programming with their children.”
For Carol McCartney, a Topeka mother of two, she said she thinks it’s a positive change.
Her son Easton and daughter Danielle are currently in the same troop as part of a pilot program and have been experiencing it firsthand.
“To be able to go to one place, one time, one location, it worked out well,” said McCartney.
She admits at first she was skeptical about her daughter being a Boy Scout, but said she quickly changed her mind.
“I was a little hesitant just because I didn’t want her to be made fun of because she’s in Boy Scouts,” she said, “but then I got to thinking about how this is a historic thing and down the road she can look back and think, ‘I was a part of that.'”
Starting February 2019, the traditional Boy Scout program will also be transformed. It will be known as Scouts BSA and will continue to offer Scouting in single-gender troops, through which Scouts – boys and girls – can work to earn the prestigious Eagle Scout rank.
The organization name will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.
It’s important to note this change does not affect Girl Scouts of America as that is a completely separate organization.