Embracing a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America
announced Wednesday plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts
starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts. Under the plan, Cub Scout
dens -- the smallest unit -- will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls. The larger Cub Scout
packs will have the option to remain single gender or welcome both genders. The program for older girls is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.