Boy Scouts of America to Allow Girls into Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America may need a name change.

The program will begin to allow girls into its Cub and Eagle scout programs, according to a release published Wednesday to the organization's website.

"The values of Scouting -- trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example -- are important for both young men and women," said Michael Surbaugh, the organization's chief scout executive. "We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children."

The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the acceptance of girls into its programs

Girls will have the opportunity to advance to the organization's highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Many tweeted about the decision Wednesday afternoon:

While many seemed supportive of the decision on Twitter, others were critical.

NBC News' Pete Williams was credited with breaking the news by multiple sources.


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