Calling all adventurers! The Boy Scouts of America has some big news.
After 109 years of only accepting boys into the organization, the Boy Scouts announced that its program will now welcome young women, and all we can say is finally.
The program has made its venturing, exploring, Sea Scouts and STEM Scouts programs available to girls for more than 60 years, however the traditional scout program has never officially been open to females.
As of February 1, young men and women aged 11 to 17 can get involved in the leadership and character development program now aptly called Scouts BSA. Welcoming children of all genders into the program allows for the creation of all-girl and all-boy troops, which will abide by the same programs, earn the same merit badges and seek the same advancements to take kids all the way up to Eagle Scouts. In fact, BSA expects to celebrate its inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts by 2020. (Yep, next year.)