You may have heard the news already that the term ‘Boy Scouts’ would no longer be used for BSA and the term ‘Scouts’ would take its place instead. In 2017, Scouts made the decision to open its doors to both males and females changing the structure of the organization forever.
The decision didn’t come lightly, after 108 years being a male-only organization. Girls can join a troop. In 2018, girls were allowed to join the single-gender troops and starting this year, girls can begin to earn the coveted Eagle ranking once only open to boys. The first female-group is anticipated to make Eagle status by 2020.
More than 77,000 girls have joined Cub Scouts, many of whom are thought to be female relatives of males already in the troop. Voices who have opposed the change still claim that this is a poor management move on the part of the Scouting organization and an attempt to increase funding.
Are there differences between what Scouts do in Girl Scouts vs (Boy) Scouts? The simple answer is yes, but the divide is anticipated to be shortened now that these structural changes underway with females being permitted to join both Girl Scouts and a co-ed Scout Troop at the same time.