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Boy Scouts to recruit girls

12 October 2017

One former Boy Scout said he feels girls should not be included in the organization.

Nesheim has worked for BSA for 41 years and says the demand for girls in Cub Scouts programs has gotten more popular.

Smaller Cub Scout dens will be either all girls are all boys, while the larger Cub Scout packs will have the option of single-gender or mixed-gender.

For 107 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been the destination program for boys and young men with a few teen programs open to young women.

A father of twin girls who will turn seven in December likes the fact that his girls will have the power to make their own decisions saying that it's up to them, but seeing them reach the coveted Eagle Scout would be great.

The Boy Scouts of America announced it will welcome girls into some programs.

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"I think that's pretty cool because other people can decide what they want to do instead of just like if you're a girl, you have to go to certain things", said Ava Roberto of Scranton.

Williams said Wednesday that the Shenandoah Area Council, which includes four districts that serve six counties in Virginia's Northern Shenandoah Valley and three counties in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, will fully comply with Boy Scouts of America's national directive. No word yet if the name of the club will be changed. Gulfport resident Alexus Fairley said, "I wouldn't have girls in Boy Scots".

He said his pack already allows siblings, male and female, of pack members to take part in the group's events. We hear from girls and their families every day about the value of the incredible experiences we offer them, including in STEM, outdoor, entrepreneurship, and life-skills programming.

Most people say they are against the idea, but local Nesheim says the discussions in Virginia about girls in Cub Scouts have been positive. "Kudos to our national leadership, bringing Scouting in the United States in line with World Scouting Movement".

Both Bozzi and Chace said they're waiting for instructions from the regional Boy Scout Council on how and when the change will be implemented.

Bernadette Flicker of Palm Desert is an accomplished Girl Scout.

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"I see it as only fair that they earn the same things that their brothers are doing", Mann said.

The Girl Scouts of the U.S. criticized the move. Whether it's Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, it's based on trust.

Maguire has a 14 year-old daughter who has been involved in Boys Scouts any way she could be from the age of four.

Jackson Conway is just two days into his Cub Scout experience and is excited to get to work.

"There's a lot of change going on in our nation right now and I think it was going to happen eventually it was just a matter of when".

Starting in 2018, families can choose to sign their sons and daughters up for Cub Scouts.

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Boy Scouts to recruit girls