The Boy Scouts of America made a historic announcement earlier today when they revealed that they'd start accepting girls into their Cub Scout program, and would enable them to advance all the way to Eagle Scout.
BSA's Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh: "We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children."
As you can imagine, there's a lot of feelings on both sides of the argument, starting with the Girl Scouts of America, who claim that this move is more of a strategic ploy to cater to millennial parents and bolster a declining Boy Scout membership.
Girl Scout President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan wrote a letter in which she pleaded with BSA "I formally request that your organization stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not currently participating in Boy Scouts ... and not consider expanding to recruit girls."
There are TONS of people on Twitter speaking out against the change, for a variety of reasons.
Why are the Boy Scouts now going to allow girls in? Isn't that what the GIRL SCOUTS are for?— Makada 🇺🇸 (@_Makada_) October 11, 2017
Yes girls, you can join the Boy Scouts! Inclusivity!— Lauren Rose 🇺🇸 (@millennialgirlx) October 11, 2017
No son, you can't join the Girl Scouts... girls only.
I am an Eagle Scout— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 11, 2017
Only boys should be in Boy Scouts
Only girls should be in Girl Scouts
Don't change things that work
The Boy Scouts accepting girls sounds like an incident waiting to happen...boys & girls camping out in the woods.#BoyScouts— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) October 11, 2017
Instead of letting girls join Boy Scouts, they should just make Girl Scouts better. I quit because they wouldn't let us do anything cool.— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) October 11, 2017
While others believe this is a great step towards gender equality and breaking societal norms
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are two different orgs w/ two different approaches. Both are great, but I like that girls have a choice now.— Charles Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 11, 2017
I always wanted to do stuff the boy scouts were doing as well. It might be fun if the orgs had frequent joint ventures too— SpoopyCloud (@HeatProofLizard) October 11, 2017
Maybe allowing girls to join boy scouts is to accommodate the boys that identify as girls but do not want to be a girl scout— Kay DeLoach (@KayDeLoach) October 11, 2017
this is great i always wanted to be in boy scouts bc all we did in girl scouts was bake cakes & braid hair & i wanted to rock climb and camp https://t.co/GNumj0LFRS— louis🌻🦁 (@verysadverydead) October 11, 2017
What do you think? Is this a good move, or one that hasn't been thought all the way through?