Thousands of girls have now joined the Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, across the United States.
The previously all-male organization announced last year it would begin permitting girls to join the Cub Scouts in 2018. The Cub Scouts is a similar group for younger children.
The BSA also plans to create a new program next year for older girls wishing to join the organization.
The Cub Scout program officially begins nationwide later this year. But the BSA gave local councils the choice to get started earlier than planned. About two-thirds of U.S. councils chose to begin early, with about 3,000 girls accepted into the Cub Scouts so far.
The new plans call for smaller Cub Scout groups to be either all-boys or all-girls. Larger Cub Scout groups will have the choice to remain single gender or welcome both boys and girls.
When the new program for older girls begins, it will let them earn the highest level of scouting in the BSA, the rank of Eagle Scout.
BSA spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said the organization had received a clear message that many girls could not wait to join. We heard from our families, OK, you've made the decision. Can you please give us a way to do this right now because we've got families and daughters that are just really excited about it, she said.
Delimarkos added that the Boy Scouts have received many reports that girls have been warmly welcomed by leaders and the boys themselves.
Tuck Pescosolido is a Cub Scout leader in Durham, New Hampshire. He told the Associated Press some of the new female members are friends the boys suggested, while others are sisters of Scouts.
You've made the choice for your son based on what you thought was best for him, and the daughter should be getting a similar decision, Mellor told the Associated Press. We know facts prove that the Girl Scout program is the better program for the girls and young women we serve, she added.
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2.wish to do sth 希望做某事
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5.The previously all-male organization announced last year it would begin permitting girls to join the Cub Scouts in 2018.
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6.About two-thirds of U.S. councils chose to begin early, with about 3,000 girls accepted into the Cub Scouts so far.
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ou might wonder why we chose to go this route and not another.
此前，美国童子军均有男性组成，而去年，该组织宣布将于2018年开始招收女孩加入“幼年童子军”项目 。幼年童子军与该美国童子军的性质类似，只是专门针对年幼的儿童 。
幼年童子军项目将于今年年末在全国范围内开启招生工作 。不过，该组织也允许各地市政委员会自行选择提前开始 。近2/3的市政委员会选择提前开始，所以目前为止已经有近3000名女孩加入幼年童子军的项目了 。
新计划要求幼年童子军的小型团体确保同性别的生源 。而稍大型的团体则可以选择同性别或双性别的招生范围 。
美国童子军发言人埃菲(Effie Delimarkos)表示，该组织已得到明确消息称，很多女孩已经迫不及待想要加入了 。我们员工有亲属说他们已经决定让孩子加入了 。您是否可以提供个方式，让我们立马加入呢？因为我们家的女孩子们特别感兴趣，她这样说道 。
塔克(Tuck Pescosolido)是新罕布什尔州德汉姆区负责幼年童子军项目的一位高层 。他在接受美联社采访时表示，一些新加入的女性成员是男性成员的朋友，还有一些女性成员是某些成员的姐妹 。
各位家长已经为自己的儿子做了你们眼中的最佳选择，那么各位的女儿们也应该值得类似的选择，梅勒在接受美联社采访时如是说道 。我们知道，事实证明，美国女童子军的项目对于我们服务的女孩和年轻女性来说是更好的选择，她补充说道 。
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