By Jay Edwards
The Boy Scouts of America just announced a big change yesterday. For the first time in their history, they’re going to start accepting girls.
The Boy Scouts have decided to begin letting girls who are between seven and 10 years old join the Cub Scouts as of next year. They can now earn the highly coveted Eagle Scout badge as well beginning 2019.
Each local scout organization can decide whether to have both boys and girls together in the same troop or to have separate troops and “dens” as they call them for boys and girls.
What’s the appeal for girls wanting to join the Boy Scouts? A study found that the Girl Scouts tend to do more activities like art and selling cookies, while the Boy Scouts push more science activities and individual problem-solving skills.
Also, being an Eagle Scout tends to be seen as more prestigious by the public, who might not even know of the highest rank in the Girl Scouts, which is a Gold Award.
You can read more on this story from NBC News here.