World Scouting Welcomes the Boy Scouts of America’s Decision to Include Girls in All Programmes

World Scouting warmly welcomes the decision of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to open the remaining areas of their programme to girls and young women. It is particularly historic that this decision was made on the International Day of the Girl which celebrates the world’s commitment to empower and develop girls and young women.

Scouting’s commitment to co-educational non-formal education and the empowerment of young people is demonstrated in more than 200 countries and territories. As the umbrella organisation for the Scout Movement globally, we strongly believe that equal opportunity for all is reinforced by this decision.

We are confident that many thousands of girls and young women in the United States will benefit from being able to choose the youth work setting that best suits them and their family, and access BSA’s prestigious Scouting programmes such as the Eagle Scout.

Throughout the world, Scouting recognises the value and importance of providing girls and young women with the opportunity to develop personal skills that equip them to play an equal part in our global society. As the world’s largest educational youth movement, we welcome and will actively support any change that helps to release the full potential of all young people.

We hope that this change will inspire more actions, not just in Scouting, but in all aspects of our global society. Our over 50 million members worldwide will continue to use their skills and energy to play an active part in creating a better world for all young people.

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Photo credit: © World Scout Bureau Inc./Nicolas Mercier

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Mohaiminul Islam's picture
frankmiami's picture
I'm immediate past president of the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and current executive committee member. While I welcome this opening by the BSA, their implementation method is to offer a parallel program for girls, using the established Scout curriculum for boys. The current BSA position is that it is not going "co-ed" (there is an existing co-ed program for older boys and girls 14 - 21 years of age, focused on high adventure and leadership development) . My personal opinion is that this "separate but equal" approach is unfortunate. The BSA should have re-branded as "Scouts of the USA" and gone fully co-ed, as in most of the rest of the world, phasing this in, over a reasonable period of time. I only hope the current move, is a step in that direction...
Isago Scouts Group's picture
Fantastic, yet another turnover to not only influence and reach out to the lives of young boys in America through the values of the scouts movement, but to all the youths... Good Scouting and God bless
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mantab jiwa..
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ممتاز جدا
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that's nice
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