The Associated Press reports that the Boy Scouts of America has announced an “historic change” in policy - starting next year, it will accept girls into Cub Scouts and will “establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.”

The story says that “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.”

The plan was approved unanimously by the organization’s board of directors.

The AP writes that “the Girl Scouts of the USA criticized the initiative, saying it strained the century-old bond between the two organizations. Girl Scout officials have suggested the BSA’s move was driven partly by financial problems and a need to boost revenue.”

KC's View: I’m sure this announcement will be met with derision from some quarters, and to be completely clear, I have very little connection to the Boy Scouts and so have no skin in this game. (I was a Cub Scout for about three weeks, and quit because there was no baseball involved. One of my sons lasted a little longer, but I think quit as least in part for the same reason.)

That said, I have no problem with Scouting being more inclusive and progressive. Maybe if these values are taught at a young age, they will persist in both genders as they get older and are in a position to continue to promulgate such values.