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South Texas Boy Scouts to open membership to girls starting in January

Alamo Area Council allowed to choose when to register first girl groups

The BSA is made up of various programs: Tiger Scouts (first graders, or 7-year-olds); Cub Scouts (second through fifth graders, or 8, 9, and 10-year-olds); Webelos Scouts (fourth-and fifth-
The BSA is made up of various programs: Tiger Scouts (first graders, or 7-year-olds); Cub Scouts (second through fifth graders, or 8, 9, and 10-year-olds); Webelos Scouts (fourth-and fifth- (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – Girls in kindergarten and in first through fourth grades will be able to join the Boy Scouts beginning in January, the organization announced Monday.

The Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America will invite girls to join Cub Scouting from January to May 2018.
This “soft launch” will be open to girls currently in kindergarten for Lions, and girls in the first through fourth grades in Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos I, a BSA spokeswoman said.

Cub scout dens will be single-gender: all boys or all girls.

The official launch will be at the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year. Webelos II girls will also have to wait until January 2019 when the older girl program is launched, the spokeswoman said. The older girls program will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank.

The Alamo Area Council serves 13 counties, and includes more than 18,000 youth and 5,900 volunteer adults.