IRVING, TX—Just one day after announcing that they would be admitting girls into their Cub Scouts program, the Boy Scouts of America declared another historic change to their 107-year-old organization: they will also allow elderly men to join the Cub Scouts program, which until now had been reserved only for boys age 7–11.
“The Boy Scouts of America’s record of producing leaders with high character and integrity is amazing,” said Randall Stephenson, BSA’s national board chairman, in a statement about the changes. “I’ve seen nothing that develops leadership skills and discipline like this organization. It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to really old men.”
“This historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from old men. Senior citizens should have the opportunity to be a member of any organization they want, regardless of their age—even organizations that are made specifically for children,” he added.
At publishing time, due to immense backlash, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they will be allowing old women into the Cub Scouts program as well.