Welcome to Scouts for Equality
On Wednesday, October 11, the Boy Scouts of America announced that it will admit girls into its Cub Scout program and will be pioneering a new Scouting program available to older girls.
The response from Zach Wahls, board member and co-founder of Scouts for Equality:
This is yet another step forward for the Boy Scouts of America. Girls and their families all across the country have been asking the BSA to allow girls to participate as full members and earn the same ranks and awards as their brothers. This change will allow local troops to decide the best approach for them and will eventually allow girls to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Five years ago, Scouts for Equality challenged the Boy Scouts of America to fully live up to its own principles and take the lead in making the organization a home to all Americans willing to live by the Scout Oath and Law. Since then, the BSA has voted to allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and adults. Today, the Boy Scouts have made clear they have heard the millions of girls and their families and will allow Scouts of all genders to participate as full members and earn the rank of Eagle.
We commend the Boy Scouts for taking this next step forward, and we look forward to them ending their long-standing ban on non-theists as well. While we do not believe the Boy Scouts of America should end their commitment to weaving reverence into the fabric of the program, it is long past time to end their explicit prohibition on non-believers. Where a Scout is on his or her journey with faith should be up to the Scout and his or her family and it should not preclude that Scout’s participation in the program. We call on the Boy Scouts of America to follow the path charted by the Girl Scouts to maintain its “Duty to God” commitment while ending the outright ban on non-theists.
We are proud of the Boy Scouts of America for taking this step forward, and we believe the future is bright for Scouting in America.
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